About Us

Vitamin C Symposium 2019 Organising Committee

Assoc Prof Anitra Carr

University of Otago

Prof Margreet Vissers

University of Otago

Dr John Cook

New Brighton Health Care

Associate Professor Anitra Carr
Department of Pathology & Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

A/Prof Anitra Carr is a Sir Charles Hercus Health Research Fellow in the Department of Pathology & Biomedical Science at the University of Otago, Christchurch, NZ. Following a PhD at the University of Otago, Christchurch, A/Prof Carr obtained an American Heart Association Post-doctoral Fellowship which was carried out at the Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, USA. Whilst there she produced a number of high impact publications on the role of vitamin C in human health and disease.

A/Prof Carr is currently researching the role of vitamin C in the prevention and treatment of acute and chronic diseases such as cancer and infection. She has received funding from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation to undertake research into the role of vitamin C in severe infection, including pneumonia and sepsis. A/Prof Carr hopes to not only elucidate the underlying mechanisms of action of vitamin C, but to also improve the outcomes of patients with these conditions.

Professor Margreet Vissers
Department of Pathology & Biomedical Science, University of Otago, Christchurch, New Zealand

Prof Margreet Vissers is a senior research scientist in the Centre for Free Radical Research at the University of Otago, Christchurch. She leads a team investigating vitamin C and its many functions in the body. Prof Vissers’ research has increased our understanding of the relationship between vitamin C and the regulation of cancer cell growth that is driven by hypoxia. In addition she has expertise in oxidant stress which contributes to the diseases of aging, heart disease, arthritis and cancer. Antioxidants, including vitamin C, protect against these conditions and Prof Vissers’ research extends our understanding of the roles of food-based antioxidants for good health and disease prevention.

Prof Vissers has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and received an Excellence in Research medal from the University of Otago, Christchurch in recognition of long-term high-level research achievement. She has an established international reputation for her research work and is regularly invited as a plenary speaker at national and international meetings. She maintains a high public profile for her work on vitamin C in cancer and in general health.

Dr John Cook
FRCNZGP

Dr John Cook has been a General Practitioner since 1978 and established New Brighton Health Care. He developed a functional medical practice with a focus on genomics and personalised medicine. Dr Cook runs a research oriented vitamin C practice with his first publication in the New Zealand Medical Journal in 2014 on the benefits on quality of life of intravenous vitamin C in cancer patients. He has had subsequent publications on related vitamin C topics. Another special interest chemical to Dr Cook is sulforaphane, including clinical tests on bioavailability in vivo.