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].