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Vitamin D conference for health care professionals

Posted on: June 21, 2013   by  John Cannell, MD


I just came back from the Vitamin D Workshop, which is an annual gathering of basic science researchers. It was interesting but not perfectly suitable for clinical scientists or professional health care providers.

I was thinking of how the Council could put on a clinical conference on vitamin D, to fill this need. However, I just received an email from Professor Adrian Martineau of the Queen Mary University of London reporting that he is doing just this. Adrian is organizing a fantastic clinical conference in London on the dates April 23-25th, 2014. Here is the conference website:


There are only 400 seats available and I wish we could come but the Council’s finances are precarious. I predict this conference will sell out early. Look at the speakers:

  • Prof. Carlos A. Camargo Jr, Harvard Medical School: Overview of large randomised trials of vitamin D supplementation.
  • Prof. Edward L. Giovannucci, Harvard School of Public Health: The continued value of observational studies of vitamin D and human health.
  • Prof. Nina G. Jablonski, Penn State University, Department of Anthropology: Vitamin D and human health: an evolutionary perspective.
  • Dr. Elina Hypponen, University College London, Institute of Child Health: Genetic determinants of vitamin D status and response to vitamin D supplementation.
  • Dr. Martin Blomberg Jensen, Rigshopitalet – Copenhagen University Hospital, Department of Growth and Reproduction: Vitamin D and fertility.
  • Prof. Cyrus Cooper, University of Southampton, Department of Medicine: Influence of maternal vitamin D status on obstetric outcomes and the foetal skeleton.
  • Dr. Darryl Eyles, University of Queensland, Department of Neurobiology: Maternal vitamin D status, neurodevelopment and adult neuropsychiatric health.
  • Dr. Matthias Wjst, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Institute of Lung Biology and Disease: Vitamin D supplementation of newborns and risk of allergic sensitization.
  • Dr. Zulf Mughal, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, Paediatric Bone Disorders: Vitamin D and child health.
  • Prof. Augusto A. Litonjua, Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital: Vitamin D in the primary prevention of asthma.
  • Prof. Catherine M. Hawrylowicz, Kings College London, Department of Asthma, Allergy and Lung Biology: Vitamin D in the secondary prevention of asthma.
  • Prof. Wim Janssens, University Hospitals Leuven, Department of Pneumology: Vitamin D and COPD.
  • Dr. Adrian R. Martineau, Barts and the London School of Medicine, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health: Vitamin D and respiratory infection.
  • Prof. Wafaie W. Fawzi, Harvard School of Public Health: Vitamin D and HIV.
  • Prof. Maria O’Sullivan, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Clinical Medicine: Vitamin D and inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Dr. Sreeram V. Ramagopalan, Barts and the London Medical School, Blizard Institue/University of Oxford, Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics: Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis.
  • Prof. Robert P. Heaney, Creighton University, Department of Department of Medicine: Vitamin D and cancer.
  • Prof. Lesley E. Rhodes, University of Manchester, Institute of Inflammation and Repair: Vitamin D and the skin: risks and benefits of sun exposure.
  • Dr. John F. Aloia, Winthrop University Hospital, Bone Mineral Research Centre: Vitamin D and bone health.
  • Prof. Maurizio Cutolo, University of Genova, Department of Internal Medicine: Vitamin D and autoimmune rheumatic disease.
  • Prof. Robert Scragg, University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences: Vitamin D, cardiovascular disease and all-cause mortality.
  • Prof. Rolf Jorde, University of Tromsø, Department of Internal Medicine: Vitamin D, diabetes mellitus and obesity.
  • Dr. David J. Llewellyn, University of Exeter, Public Health and Epidemiology Group: Vitamin D, cognition and dementia.
  • Prof. Reinhold Vieth, University of Toronto, Department of Nutritional Sciences: Pharmacology of vitamin D: dosing regimens and toxicity.
  • Dr. Richard Quinton, Newcastle University, Institute of Genetic Medicine: Assays of vitamin D status – when to test and when to treat.
  • Prof. Paul T. Lips, VU University Medical Center, Department of Endocrinology: Overview of global vitamin D status.
  • Prof. Kevin D. Cashman, University College Cork, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences: Vitamin D requirements and fortification.
  • Prof. Christopher J. Griffiths, Barts and the London Medical School, Centre for Primary Care and Public Health: Public knowledge of, and attitudes to, vitamin D supplementation and fortification.
  • Dr. Clifford Rosen, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Centre for Molecular Medicine: Synthesis of the evidence and future directions for research: a perspective from the USA.
  • Dr. Ann Prentice, Medical Research Council, Department of Human Nutrition Research: Synthesis of the evidence and future directions for research: a perspective from the UK.

If you want to receive updates about this conference, email Mr David Jolliffe at [email protected].

1 Response to Vitamin D conference for health care professionals

  1. Rita and Misty

    The Vitamin D Council is the most well done site on the internet regarding health information; and it is certainly the only site for up-to-date Vitamin D information (imo).

    (The VDC community certainly knows how grateful I am for Dr. John Cannell’s tremendous efforts)

    It’s frightening to me to hear that the council’s funds are precarious.

    Please let me remind everyone that we exist only because we choose to belong–and because we choose to contribute.

    Perhaps we need to have a meeting of members with interest and availability of funds to make the journey to San Luis Obispo to have a brainstorming session regarding the continued future of the Vitamin D Council.

    BTW, I think the idea of the Council running a clinical conference on vitamin D, OR perhaps various Vitamin D workshops geared towards the general public (average folks like me), might be an EXCELLENT way to generate some income. Just because there’s a conference in England, or Bali, doesn’t mean there can’t also be on in California, correct?

    Your thoughts, Dr. Cannell, Brant and Kate? 🙂

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