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Eleanor Brindle Develops Method for Assessing Micronutrient Deficiencies in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Posted: 10/17/2017 (CSDE Research)

In a recent article, CSDE Biodemography Lab Manager Eleanor Brindle and colleagues present a technique to address the issue of limited information on the status micronutrient deficiencies in the populations of low- and middle-income countries. The micronutrients of concern to the authors are vitamin A, iron, and iodine, deficiencies of which are public health concerns in a number of low- and middle-income nations. Lead author Brindle and her co-authors developed a 7-plex immunoassay that enables the concurrent measurement of seven biomarkers used to determine the status of these micronutrients in populations of concern. According to the authors, this technique could provide an affordable means of surveying populations for nutrient deficiencies, as well as for falciparum malarial parasitemia inflammation and infection. The article is a product of work Brindle has been doing with the international nonprofit organization PATH over past few years, and is accessible below.

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