Functional indicators of iodine status

Functional indicators of iodine status in pregnancy – an outcome-driven, personalised nutrition approach

The nutrient iodine plays a central role in the production of thyroid hormones. During pregnancy, iodine deficiency can result in severe and long-lasting consequences for an infant’s developing brain. In Ireland, three-quarters of women have inadequate iodine intake. However, the magnitude of this impact on the brain development of Irish infants is unknown. As there is no reliable measure of individual iodine status, this project will test the suitability of thyroid hormones to be used as a proxy measure. The data from previous studies will be used to describe the impact of maternal iodine deficiency on neurodevelopment of Irish infants.

Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research

University College Cork , Western Road, Cork