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Special Issue "Vitamin D and Psychological Health—The Sunshine Vitamin and Wellbeing"
A special issue of Nutrients (ISSN 2072-6643).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 March 2016).
Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), Sansom Institute for Health Research, University of South Australia, GPO Box 2471, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia 5001
Fax: +618 8302 2178
Interests: applied epidemiology;clinical medicine focusing on nutrition exercise and sport; complementary medicine focusing on vitamin D
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Special Issue in Nutrients: Vitamin D and Human Health
Maintaining psychological health is a key determinant of productivity, reported happiness and resilience to life’s challenges. At present, there is increasing global prevalence of depression and other psychological and neurological conditions, such as dementia, that impact on the quality of life experienced by many in the community.
Emerging evidence demonstrates an important role for vitamin D deficiency in the development and trajectory of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and vascular disease, as well as mood disorder and cognitive impairment. Whilst the association between deficiency and forms of depression has long been recognised, there is a need to consider the occurrence of deficiency and the effect of supplementation across a range of mental health conditionss including anxiety, schizophrenia, PTSD, fibromyalgia, and chronic pain syndromes.
In addition, it is important to consider the complexities of Vitamin D absorption, serum levels, genetics and metabolic requirements of tissues throughout the body and brain associated with psychological well-being and disorder. This theme can be explored through studies of deficiency and supplementation, epidemiological research and intervention studies, as well as literature and systematic reviews.
With the increasing recognition of the vitamin D deficiency pandemic, this Special Issue seeks to draw together evidence about vitamin D and psychological health by exploring symptoms, overall mood, well-being and quality of life, together with cognitive performance.
The editors recognise that ‘much research appears to be performed in a clinical and methodological vacuum’ (Ioannidis 2006). This Special Issue will endeavour to gather papers without methodological or biological flaws that highlight the clinical relevance of their findings rather than focus on ‘curiosity-driven research with scientific merit as the sole metric’ (O’Keefe 2011).
The editors plan to offer a prize to an Early Career Researcher of a waiver of the publication fee for the best paper and a 50% reduction in the fees for the next four best papers. If you would like to be considered, please include your reasoning in the Cover Letter.
Dr. Simon Spedding
Dr. Talitha Best
Manuscript Submission Information
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Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Nutrients is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.
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- Vitamin D
- Calcitriol, Cholecalciferol, Ergocalciferol
- 25(OH)D, 1.25(OH)D, VDR
- Vitamin D deficiency
- Mechanisms of action of vitamin D
- Vitamin D supplementation, fortification or augmentation
- Biological flaws
- Psychological health
- Quality of life
- Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders
- Bipolar Disorders
- Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders
- Trauma-Related Disorders
- Substance-related Disorders
- Neurocognitive Disorders
- Chronic pain