Adrian R Martineau
Adrian's primary research interest is in the effects of vitamin D on human health, with a particular focus on respiratory infections. His work combines laboratory investigation of the effects of vitamin D on the immune system with a series of multi-centre clinical trials, investigating the potential role of vitamin D supplementation as an agent to prevent and treat tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections and exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Other interests include the role of neutrophils in the immune response to tuberculosis, and the effects of vitamin D supplementation in a range of non-communicable diseases: he is clinical Chief Investigator for the Vitamin D and Longevity trial (VIDAL, a NIHR-funded study investigating effects of vitamin D supplementation on all-cause mortality in UK adults aged 65-84 years) and the ViDiKids trial (a MRC-funded study investigating whether vitamin D can prevent tuberculosis infection among primary schoolchildren in New Delhi, India).
Adrian has an active PhD programme and enquiries from prospective PhD or MD students interested in respiratory infection and / or vitamin D are welcome.
Wai Yee James
Dr Karolina Witt