Christine Stabell Benn

Statens Serum Institut, Denmark

Christine Stabell Benn started working in Guinea-Bissau as a medical student in 1993, conducting her first randomised vitamin A trial testing the effect of providing vitamin A on the antibody response to measles vaccine. Since then she has been the PI for several large randomised controlled trials of vitamin A supplementation. Christine has put forward the hypothesis that vitamin A and vaccines interact; vitamin A supplementation amplifies the non-specific effects of vaccines, being beneficial when provided with live vaccines but potentially detrimental when given with killed vaccines. She has also observed that vitamin A has sex-differential effects which may in part be explained by amplification of the sex-differential non-specific effects of vaccines. Chrsitine considers herself an epidemiologist, but in recent years has also initiated several immunological studies, testing the immunological effects of vaccines and vitamin A on among others plasma cytokine levels, in vitro cytokine production and most recently thymus size.

Biography Updated on 29 September 2010

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