I have been the Principle Investigator for 5 published articles in peer-reviewed journals, involving research on the prevalence of obesity in children with psychiatric disorders, high frequency chest compression treatment in children with cystic fibrosis, and, in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, low ferritin due to insufficient iron intake, and an association between restless sleep and iron deficiency.
I am currently the Principle Investigator applying for a grant for a proposed treatment study, to determine the correlation between serum ferritin levels and Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) symptoms in children, of which the most common cause is iron deficiency. In adults, RLS improves when iron supplementation brings the serum ferritin level to above 50 ug/L. Above the level that indicates systemic iron deficiency, this is thought to reflect differences in brain iron metabolism in people with RLS. However, in children, it is not yet known at what ferritin level RLS improves.