Dr. Welsh chaired our 2010 research conference and its plenary session on aging, diet, physical activity and cancer, but she also presented on her own research involving vitamin D and breast cancer.
Dr. Welsh reviews her presentation, and shares some of the implications of her cutting-edge, AICR-supported research.
Here’s a handy glossary to some of the terms she uses with which you might be unfamiliar:
“…knockout of the vdr…”: Here, she’s talking about working w/an organism whose breast cells don’t respond to the presence of vitamin D, and tracking how this affects the way its breast tissue responds. Her work suggests that vitamin D plays an important role in governing the breast’s immune response.
“…cytokines...”: These are the cellular message-carriers of our immune system — they help our bodies defend against infections by passing along information and regulating our immune response.
“…the neonate…”: The newborn.