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I want to publicly thank Professor Franklin Shuler of Marshall University School of Medicine for inviting me to give a series of lectures and the keynote address at their 25th annual research day on March 18th and 19th. It was truly an honor. I also want to thank all the other professors and staff that gave me such a warm reception.

First, on Monday the 18th, I gave a lecture for the general public on vitamin D. Although I had 70 PowerPoint slides, I was able to finish the talk in 45 minutes, leaving a lot of time for the many questions the talk generated.

The next day, at 7am, I spoke to the orthopedists on the application of vitamin D to fractures, falls prevention, bone density, ICU mortality, and athletic performance. The room was packed and the audience was most attentive.

Finally, at 11:30am, I gave the keynote address for their 25th annual research day. Again, the auditorium was packed; I again finished the talk in 45 minutes, mainly reviewing the plethora of randomized controlled trials recently published about vitamin D’s effectiveness in a breathtakingly wide variety of human illness. Again, the talk generated many questions.

As an activist, and not an academic, I was unsure how I would be received by the academic community at Marshall Medical School. I should not have been worried as the reception was warm, courteous, and attentive. It was truly an honor to be invited and a wonderful experience.

Here is a link to the PowerPoint slides I used in my three talks. Feel free to use any of the slides that may be helpful to you.

John Cannell, MD

Vitamin D Council

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