One of our aims is to provide community education around the importance of essential nutrients for the maintenance of good health and the prevention and treatment of different illnesses. Our community outreach and education includes:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) e-learning course
- Vitamin C and COVID-19 Research Resource
- Media interviews (TV, radio and print)
- Public lectures, e.g. University of the Third Age (U3A)
- Vitamin C symposiums
- University open day interactive displays
Please contact us if you would like more information or would like us to present to your group.
Continuing Professional Development ( CPD ) e-learning course
This e-learning course is designed to inform health care providers ( GPs, specialists, dietitians, pharmacists) of the science behind vitamin C's pleotropic roles in human health and disease, and includes modules on vitamin C pharmacokinetics, assessment, and the use of oral and intravenous vitamin C in infection, cancer and cardiometabolic conditions.
This course has been endorsed/registered with the following organisations for CPD / CME :
- Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners ( RNZCGP )
- Australian and New Zealand College of Intensive Care Medicine ( CICM )
Professor Anitra Carr
Vitamin C and COVID-19 Research Resource
In March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a 'Coordinated Global Research Roadmap for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus'. In this document vitamin C was highlighted as an adjunctive intervention with biological plausibility to improve the outcome of COVID-19 infected patients (pages 36-7).
This online resource is an up-to-date repository of published vitamin C and COVID-19 research studies and related resources.
Our interviews and public lectures
Learn more about our research by watching and listening to our public health lectures and media interviews.
Optimizing immune health: How much vitamin C do you need?
Associate Professor Anitra Carr presented the Linus Pauling Day webinar for the Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University on 28 February 2023.
To C or not to C? Everything you ever wanted to know about vitamin C
Associate Professor Anitra Carr presented at the University of Auckland's Bioengineering Tuesday Seminar Series on 5 July 2022.
Vitamin C in disease: Therapeutic relevance
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was one of three international speakers invited to present about vitamin C for the International Vitamin Conference in September 2021.
Episode 3 - Vitamin C
The CEO of BISU, Daniel Maggs interviewed Associate Professor Anitra Carr in July 2021.
Vitamin actions of oral vitamin C
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed for the 70th episode of The Art and Soul of Healing podcast by physician Jeanne Drisko in May 2021.
Nutrition in medicine: to C or not to C (what the clinical trials are telling us)
Members of the Nutrition in Medicine Research Group - Associate Professor Anitra Carr, Dr Patrice Rosengrave and Dr Emma Spencer presented at the UOC Research Seminar Series on 27 May 2021.
Vitamin C and immune function: relevance to COVID-19
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was invited by the Nutrition Society of Australia to present at a live streamed webinar by 26 March 2021.
Vitamin C and health: new frontiers
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was an invited presenter and panelist at a live streamed webinar for Linus Pauling Day, hosted by the Linus Pauling Institute, USA on 27 February 2021.
Optimal nutrition to maximise immune function: relevance to COVID-19
Associate Professor Anitra Carr gave an invited plenary presentation for the 2020 Nutrition Society of Australia Conference in December 2020.
Does nutrient insufficiency in low-middle income settings affect COVID-19 susceptibility and outcomes
How to prepare your immunity for winter
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed on The AM Show on 22 April 2020.
Can vitamin C in critical COVID save lives?
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed for a the Flu Fighters Series podcast, hosted bt the Vitamin C 4 COVID initiative in the UK.
Vitamin C for the critically ill
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed for part of the Pushing the Limits podcast series by Lisa Tamati.
What are micronutrients?
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed live on Australian radio station 3AW by Sally Cockburn on 11 April 2020.
The power of vitamin C
Associate Professor Anitra Carr featured on the NutraChampion podcase in March 2019.
Vitamin C for the prevention and treatment of pneumonia and sepsis
Associate Professor Anitra Carr gave an invited oral presentation at the New Zealand Blood Service's monthly seminar series in Christchurch in August 2019. The seminar was live streamed to 14 other centres around New Zealand and was recorded for continuing educational purposes.
Vitamin C cofactor functions
Associate Professor Anitra Carr presented at the Vitamin C Symposium on 'Vitamin C cofactor functions: Vasopressor synthesis' in February 2019.
High dose Vitamin C clinical trial underway
Associate Professor Anitra Carr was interviewed by Jesse Mulligan in June 2018 about trialing the use of intravenous high dose Vitamin C for patients with sepsis in Christchurch Hospital.
Presentation for ICU staff about the vitamin C for septic shock clinical trial
Associate Professor Anitra Carr gave a presentation to the ICU staff in May 2018 about the vitamin C for septic shock clinical trial running in Christchurch Hospital ICU.
Vitamin C: a simple solution to some complex problems?
Professor Margreet Vissers and Associate Professor Anitra Carr from the Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch presented the 2018 Athol Mann Memorial Lecture 'Vitamin C: a simple solution to some complex questions'. The event was hosted by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation at the Rolleston Lecture Theatre, Christchurch.
The science of... vitamin C
Professor Margreet Vissers and Associate Professors Anitra Carr and Gabi Dachs featured on Radio New Zealand's The science of... series in August 2017 to discuss their vitamin C research.
Vitamin C's disease fighting material
Listen to Jesse Mulligan from Radio New Zealand interview Associate Professor Anitra Carr in May 2017 about the benefits of vitamin C and why humans need it.
Vitamin C: snake oil or a valid therapy for infection and cancer
In May 2017 Associate Professors Gabi Dachs and Anitra Carr co-presented a UOC Health Lecture about vitamin C and the research taking place at the University of Otago, Christchurch campus.
Health and immune function benefits of kiwifruit-derived vitamin C
Associate Professor Anitra Carr presented at the 1st International Symposium on Kiwifruit.
- Extra vitamin C may slow diabetes
Otago Daily Times, 9 September 2023
- Factors affect vitamin C needs
Otago Daily Times, 12 June 2023
- Bigger bodies need more vitamin C, new research finds
Pharmacy Today, 4 May 2022
- Weight has bearing on vitamin C needs: study
Otago Daily Times, 4 May 2022
- Is there a role for vitamin C in COVID-19?
NewsRoom, 12 January 2022
- Vitamin C and COVID-19: Researchers call for status testing and intravenous / oral supplementation
NutraIngredients-Asia, 2 November 2020
- Vitamin C can help severe Covid-19 cases, NZ-led review finds
NZ Herald, 1 November 2020
- Raise RDA of vitamin C, D: Study urges health authorities to adjust guidance in light of COVID-19
NutraIngredients-Asia, 6 May 2020
- Big vote of confidence for Vitamin C as viral fighter. Now being tested
Health Insight, 5 May 2020
- Coronavirus: Vitamin C treatment 'encouraging' says NZ researcher
The Press/Stuff, 27 April 2020
- Mounting research on vitamin C's role in cancer and infection may change treatment methods
NutraIngredients-Asia, 25 February 2019
- Vitamin C research booming, 'emerging evidence' promising
The Press/Stuff, 14 February 2019
- The life-changing power of vitamin CVerve (page 41), February 2019
- Vitamin C could be key to ICU sepsis treatment
Pharmacy Today, 13 June 2018
- Vitamin C could 'revolutionise' treatment of sepsis in intensive care patients
The Press/Stuff, 12 June 2018