Vitamin D | Dr Eleanor Dunlop

Nine out of 10 Aussies have low vitamin D intakes, but why do we need vitamin D and why aren’t we getting enough of it? 

In this episode, Sarah is joined by Dr Eleanor Dunlop to talk about the role vitamin D plays in our bodies and why some of us are vitamin D deficient. Dr Dunlop also discusses how her research could help inform nutrition policy in Australia and increase our intake of the ‘sunshine vitamin’. 

  • Why Aussies are vitamin D deficient [04:17]
  • Factors that impact vitamin D uptake [07:14]
  • Australia’s first vitamin D database [08:40]
  • Vitamin D-fortified foods [11:36]
  • Vitamin D in Aboriginal populations [15:33]

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Nine out 10 Aussies have low vitamin D intakes, Curtin study shows

2021 Premier Science Awards

Bush tucker and vitamin D

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Dr Eleanor Dunlop, Research Associate, Curtin School of Population Health.

Dr Eleanor Dunlop is an accredited practising dietitian and postdoctoral researcher focusing on vitamin D, food composition and the role of diet in the onset and progression of multiple sclerosis. 

Her PhD project, Investigating dietary vitamin D in Australia, was completed in 2022 and received the Curtin Chancellor’s commendation. Eleanor is an active research communicator and was a finalist in the 2021 Premier’s Science Awards.

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Host: Sarah Taillier
Researcher, Recorder and Editor: Zoe Taylor
Executive Producers: Anita Shore and Jarrad Long
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