Vitamin D Deficiency and Disparities in Adverse Perinatal Outcomes including Depression

Speaker:

Eynav E. Accortt, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA

Summary of Session Goals:

African American women have the highest rates of prenatal and postpartum depression as well as adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g. preterm delivery & low birth weight babies) compared to other racial groups in the U.S. They are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency because darker skin limits synthesis of vitamin D and due to lower intake of supplemental vitamin D. An exciting and novel area of research focuses on vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory properties and possible anti-depressant effects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify symptoms, prevalence and consequences of depression and anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum, with a focus on racial disparities
2. Learn about the links between perinatal depression and vitamin D and inflammation
3. Become familiar with research on adverse perinatal outcomes, including depression, and postpartum multi-systemic dysregulation, as measured by high allostatic load

A live webcast sponsored by:

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science a program of The New York Academy of Sciences, and The Rockefeller University Hospital Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN)

Date: 

Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Slideset – 

Vitamin D Deficiency and Disparities in Adverse Perinatal Outcomes including Depression (PDF)

Publications –

Accortt et al_MACI_2017
Accortt et al_VitD & PPD_AWMH_2015
AccorttCheadleCDS_2014

This webcast has been approved for up to 1.0 Prescribed CME/CNE credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Please Click Here! to complete the evaluations for enduring CME Credits. Credits valid until  February 1, 2019.

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