Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are recruiting patients for its study looking at whether or not vitamin D in addition to an inhaled steroid will help prevent worsening asthma symptoms and asthma exacerbations in people who have low vitamin D levels—an estimated 30% of the population. Adults 18 years of age and older who have been diagnosed with asthma and are nonsmokers may be eligible.

The Vitamin D, Diet, and Activity (VIDA) Study is supported by the AsthmaNET grant awarded by the Asthma Institute in November 2010. AsthmaNET is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The University of Pittsburgh is one of nine AsthmaNET research sites in the United States participating in this study.

As many as 1,600 people will be screened nationally so that about 400 people can be randomized in this study. The University of Pittsburgh will enroll approximately 50 subjects. Participants will be compensated.

Source: University of Pittsburgh