Adrian R Martineau
B Med Sci DTM&H MRCP PhD
Clinical Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity
Adrian's primary research interest is in the effects of vitamin D on human health, with a particular focus on respiratory infections. His work combines laboratory investigation of the effects of vitamin D on the immune system with multi-centre clinical trials and individual patient data meta-analyses, investigating the potential role of vitamin D supplementation as an agent to prevent and treat tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections and exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Other interests include the role of neutrophils in the immune response to tuberculosis, mechanisms of innate immune resistance to M. tuberculosis infection and the effects of vitamin D supplementation in a range of non-communicable diseases. He is Chief Investigator for the ViDiKids study, a MRC-funded n=5,400 clinical trial investigating whether vitamin D can prevent tuberculosis infection among primary schoolchildren in Cape Town, South Africa.
Adrian has an active PhD programme and enquiries from prospective PhD or MD students interested in respiratory infection and / or vitamin D are welcome.