University of Otago, New Zealand
Dr Anitra Carr’s research speciality is the role of micronutrients in human health and disease. She has been the co-ordinating investigator on four Zespri-funded human intervention studies investigating the bioavailability and potential health effects of kiwifruit-derived vitamin C, particularly its effects on immune function. These studies have resulted in observations that have potential implications for public health policy, primarily the development of appropriate Australasian Nutrient Reference Values. She is currently researching the effects and biochemical mechanisms of vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, such as cancer and severe infection.