Ganmaa Davaasambuu, Research Associate
Dates of Research:
September 5, 2008 — July 31, 2011
Tuberculosis is predicted to be the largest single infectious cause of death between 1990 and 2020. More than 95% of the estimated TB cases and deaths due to TB occur in developing countries. This project will examine the inter-relationships of nutrition, immunology, and epidemiology with respect to TB in Mongolia. Specifically, this project will develop a pilot study to test the effect of a daily vitamin D supplementation on the ability of subjects to control TB infection. The full potential of vitamin D is unknown, but positive results would lead to an inexpensive, non-toxic means to help control this life threatening disease.