Special Issue "The Assessment and Prevention of Gestational Iodine Deficiency and Its Adverse Fetal Consequences: A Focus on Mild Iodine Deficiency"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 July 2019) | Viewed by 10822
Interests: Iodine Nutrition; Iodine Deficiency in Pregnancy; Fetal neurocognitive sequelae of iodine deficiency; Epidemiology of Thyroid Disease; Endocrine Neoplasia
Whilst great strides have been made in the quest to eliminate iodine deficiency disorders, there remains a largely unresolved challenge. The purpose of this Special Issue of Nutrients is to provide a collective focus for nutritional scientists, epidemiologists, neuroscientists, educationalists and public health experts to consider the challenge of mild iodine deficiency in pregnancy and lactation. Despite most previously iodine deficient populations benefiting from programs to eliminate iodine deficiency in childhood, the adequacy of iodine nutrition during pregnancy and lactation often remains unclear or manifestly inadequate in many jurisdictions. In part, methods for population assessment of iodine nutrition as well as modes of public health iodine supplementation account for this, with iodine vectors used for targeting children and the general population often ill-suited for women of reproductive age. Moreover, despite numerous small and often observational studies indicating an adverse impact of mild gestational iodine deficiency on fetal neurocognitive development and the later educational performance of the child, our knowledge of the underlying neurobiology, effect magnitude and appropriate public health mitigations is surprisingly inadequate given the potential societal consequences of mild gestational iodine deficiency. The opportunity and necessity exists to raise the research, public health and educational profile of what largely remains inadequately understood and untreated “mild” iodine deficiency in pregnancy and lactation. Given your expertise and highly respected commitment in this field, it’s my pleasure to warmly invite you to contribute to this Special Issue of Nutrients which aims to further multidisciplinary awareness and collaboration in relation to “The Assessment and Prevention of Gestational Iodine Deficiency and its Adverse Fetal Consequences: a focus on mild iodine deficiency”.
Prof. John Burgess
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- Iodine Deficiency
- Gestational iodine deficiency
- Neurocognitive sequelae
- Iodine supplementation
- Urine iodine concentration
- Educational performance