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    Vitamin D & Health
    in Europe: Current
    and Future Perspectives

    05.-06. September 2017
    Cork, Ireland
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    Vitamin D & Health
    in Europe: Current
    and Future Perspectives

    05.-06. September 2017
    Cork, Ireland
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    Vitamin D & Health
    in Europe: Current
    and Future Perspectives

    05.-06. September 2017
    Cork, Ireland

Professor Adrian Martineau 
Clinical Professor of Respiratory Infection and Immunity, Queen Mary University of London, UK

Adrian is a respiratory physician with a research interest in the effects of vitamin D on human health. His work combines laboratory investigation of the effects of vitamin D on the immune system with a series of multi-centre clinical trials conducted in the UK, South Africa and Mongolia, investigating the potential for vitamin D supplementation to prevent and treat tuberculosis, acute respiratory infections and exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Adrian’s work is funded by the British Lung Foundation, MRC, NIHR, Wellcome Trust and the US National Institutes of Health. He is a member of the NICE Public Health Advisory Committee on implementation of measures to eliminate profound vitamin D deficiency in the UK population.

Professor Ann Webb 
School of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK 

Ann graduated from Reading University with a BSc in Physics and Meteorology, then gained a PhD in Environmental Physics from Nottingham University and, later, a DSc from UMIST. She spent 3 years as a researcher in a medical environment in USA, applying her knowledge of sunlight to understanding its effects on human health. She returned to the UK, Reading University and work with a more atmospheric focus before joining UMIST as a lecturer in Physics, and then moving into the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of Manchester where she is a Professor in the Centre for Atmospheric Sciences. After serving as Postgraduate Director for the School she is now Associate Dean for Graduate Education. Ann continues to teach atmospheric physics to students in a number of Schools. Her research work remains at the interface between disciplines, with radiation and (sun) light as a central theme. She has strong collaborations with the Medical School and photobiologists as well as modelling and experimental work in the atmospheric sciences. A topical interest in which she specialises is vitamin D synthesis by the skin after exposure to (solar) UV radiation, while other work explores, for example, the scattering of radiation by ice crystals. The multidisciplinarity of Ann’s work is also apparent in the external positions she holds. In addition to several roles at the World Meteorological Organisation, she is a past President of CIE (Commission Internationale de l’Eclairage, or International Commission for Illumination).

Dr Aoife Hayes
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.

Aoife holds a PhD in Nutritional Sciences from University College Cork on the topic of ‘Impact of dietary calcium on vitamin D dietary requirements and bio-fortified food solutions for vitamin D deficiency’. Her main areas of research include vitamins D and K, human randomised controlled trials (RCTs), bio-fortification of food with vitamin D and laboratory analysis of vitamin D in serum and food matrices.

Professor Christel Lamberg-Allardt
Calcium Research Unit, Department of Food and Environmental Sciences, University of Helsinki, Finland

Christel Lamberg-Allardt´s research has focused mainly on vitamin D, calcium and lately, phosphorus in relation to calcium and bone metabolism. Her research group uses and has used a variety of research approaches: epidemiological studies, long and short term human intervention studies, animal studies and cell studies. This has resulted in over 165 peer-review publications and numerous other publications. She has and has had many important academic positions and is constantly asked for expertise in different contexts both nationally and internationally. Recently, she was heading the groups which wrote the systematic reviews for the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations for vitamin D and for calcium and is now engaged as a working group member in the development of the European dietary reference values for vitamin D as well as other vitamins. Professor Christel Lamberg-Allardt is working at the department of Food and Environmental Sciences and heads her own research group, the Calcium Research Unit at the University of Helsinki.

Professor Christopher T. Sempos
Office of Dietary Supplements, US National Institutes of Health

Prof. Christopher Sempos has been the Coordinator for the Vitamin D Standardization Program (VDSP) at the US National Institutes of Health, Office of Dietary Supplements since 2010.  He was Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, USA.  In addition, he worked for about 27 years in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. At the CDC he spent 12 years with the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) where he was at the end of his tenure, Chief, Longitudinal Studies Branch.  His primary areas of research are in vitamin D and vitamin D assay standardization, nutritional and cardiovascular epidemiology and public health surveillance.  Prof. Sempos holds a Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences and a master’s degree in Preventive Medicine-Epidemiology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison along with a Ph.D. minor in Applied Statistics.  He is also the Co-author of the textbook Statistical Methods in Epidemiology which is published by Oxford University Press. 

Dr Ellen van den Heuvel
Senior Scientist, Nutritional Sciences, FrieslandCampina Innovation, The Netherlands

Ellen GHM van den Heuvel obtained a PhD-degree in nutritional physiology at Maastricht University in 1998, on the topic of ‘Application of dual stable isotope techniques to measure absorption of calcium, magnesium, and iron in man’.  After working at TNO Nutrition in Zeist, she joined FrieslandCampina in September 2001.

In 2006 she obtained a MSc degree in Epidemiology.  Between 2010 and 2013, she worked on an epidemiological topic related to nutrition for elderly at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam.  Her major research topics as a senior scientist at FrieslandCampina Innovation (Wageningen, NL) are bioavailability and bone health.

Ida Grøenborg
National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

Ida is currently a PhD student in the Risk-Benefit Research Group at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. She is completing her PhD research as part of the ODIN project: Food-based solutions for optimal vitamin D nutrition and health. The main areas of scientific focus of her research are vitamin D, human randomized controlled trials (RCT), dietary assessment and immigrants.

Professor John O’Doherty
School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Ireland 

John O’Doherty is Professor of Monogastric Nutrition at University College Dublin.  To date, he has published 202 peer-reviewed full length papers in international journals of high repute and received a DSc in published works in 2014.  He has been on the editorial boards of 3 international journals, and was an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Animal Science between 2011 -2014. 

He has collaborated extensively with both scientists and industry. He is held in very high esteem by international colleagues as evidenced by: Invitations to present at international conferences and workshops, been external examiner on 9 PhD thesis. Professor O Doherty currently supervises an active research team of 3 post-doctoral fellows and 7 PhD students. He has completed the supervision of a further eight postdoctoral fellows, 19 Ph.D. students and 35 MSc students (by research). He is the 2016 British Society of Animal Science Hammond award winner.

Professor Kevin Cashman
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland

Professor Kevin Cashman is the Endowed Chair of Food and Health at University College Cork (UCC), a joint position between the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Medicine at UCC.  He is also a joint director of the Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research at UCC.  Professor Cashman’s current research interests focus on a number of key public health areas in relation to vitamin D and also vitamin K.  He was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition working group which established new vitamin D recommendations for the UK recently, and is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland.  Professor Cashman is the Joint Coordinator of the European Commission-funded project on Food-based solutions for ‘Optimal vitamin D Nutrition and health through the life cycle (ODIN)’, which is a 30 partner collaborative project aimed at tackling vitamin D deficiency in Europe (2013-2017).  He has published widely in the areas of vitamin D and vitamin K as well as nutrition and bone health.   

Professor Mairead Kiely
School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland

Mairead Kiely is a Nutrition Scientist with 20 years’ post-doctoral experience in nutritional epidemiology and clinical nutrition research. She is Professor of Human Nutrition at University College Cork, co-director of the Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research and a Principle Investigator in the SFI-funded INFANT research centre, where she leads the Maternal and Child Nutrition Research Programme. She is currently joint co-ordinator of the EC funded ODIN consortium on vitamin D and is leading a number of maternal and infant nutrition trials. She serves on scientific advisory committees for the development of public health nutrition policy in Ireland and the UK. Prof Kiely has published >140 peer-reviewed articles in international journals. Her research program integrates the main themes of vitamin D and other micronutrient requirements and human health throughout the life-course.

Professor Martin Hewison
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham, UK

Prof. Hewison’s work focuses on different facets of vitamin D physiology, including classical skeletal effects and non-classical extra-skeletal effects. He has a particular interest in the interaction between vitamin D and the immune system, where antigen-presenting cells such as dendritic cells and macrophages synthesize active vitamin D (calcitriol) and also express the nuclear receptor for calcitriol (VDR). Vitamin D can therefore act as an endogenous regulator of both innate and adaptive immunity by enhancing antibacterial activity, and modulating antigen presentation and T lymphocyte function. Crucially these responses are highly dependent on the bioavailability of vitamin D, and Prof. Hewison has hypothesized that immune function is influenced by vitamin D status in humans. His group is using a variety of models to test this hypothesis including basic molecular and cell analyses, and vitamin D supplementation trials in human cohorts. A key objective of his work is to increase awareness of vitamin D-deficiency in the UK population.

Dr Maurice O’Sullivan
School of Food and Nutritional Science, University College Cork, Ireland

Maurice O'Sullivan has a Ph.D. in Sensory and Consumer science from the Department of Food Science, University of Copenhagen, Denmark as well as MSc. and BSc. Degrees in Food Science and Technology from University College Cork (UCC). He is currently a Lecturer in Food Science (specialising in sensory) at the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork. In the past he has worked in the food industry as a sensory scientist and flavour chemist for Diageo (Baileys and Guinness) as well as holding the position of Global Regulatory Affairs Manager for Diageo Baileys. He has also worked as a food technologist and process/product development scientist for the processed foods sector as well as a product development consultant to the dairy, meat and beverage industries. For many years he also managed the “Sensory Unit-packaging group” at UCC working on sensory and flavour based projects involving a diverse selection of products. Maurice has published more than 200 articles in the area of sensory and consumer science including the recent book “A Handbook for Sensory and Consumer-Driven New Product Development, Innovative Technologies for the Food and Beverage Industry”, published by Elsevier. Finally, he is a member of the European Sensory Network (ESN) and Sensory Food Network Ireland.

Mona S. Calvo, Ph.D

After earning a doctorate in Nutritional Sciences from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, Dr. Calvo pursued post-doctoral studies in the Endocrine Research Unit of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Recently retired from the FDA after 28 years of government service, her former position and title was that of Expert Regulatory Review Scientist and research Principal Investigator at FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. Her current and past regulatory and research interests focus on dietary influences on the hormonal regulation of calcium, phosphorus and vitamin D, the nutritional status and dietary needs of these essential nutrients and their impact on bone and kidney disease and other chronic diseases of public health significance. These research interests have been the topics for over a 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, government reports/guidelines, FDA regulations, and abstracts presented at national and international meetings. She serves as an Associate Editor for Public Health Nutrition, an ad hoc referee for numerous nutrition, medical and other scientific journals and is a member of the Endocrine Society, American Society for Nutrition, the Nutrition Society (UK), the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, American Public Health Association and serves as a member of the Advisory Board for ODIN, which seeks food-based solutions for optimal vitamin D nutrition and health through the life cycle.

Professor Nicholas C Harvey
Professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology within Medicine at the University of Southampton, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist

Professor Harvey originally trained in medicine at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge, and joined the Wessex Rheumatology Programme in 2001.  He was appointed to a personal chair at the University of Southampton in 2015, and leads, with Professor Cooper and Professor Dennison, an MRC programme focused on the lifecourse epidemiology of bone and joint disease, at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit.  His work incorporates a lifecourse approach to characterize the epidemiology and determinants of osteoporotic fracture from cradle to grave, to elucidate underlying mechanisms, and to develop novel interventions.  He has won national/international prizes, such as the National Osteoporosis Society Kohn Award, is an investigator on >£50m grant funding, has published over 150 peer-reviewed articles, and is a member of many national/international committees, including as Musculoskeletal Lead for UK Biobank Imaging Enhancement, and most recently, as Vice-Chair, International Osteoporosis Society Committee of Scientific Advisors. 


Professor Paul Lips
Department of Internal Medicine, VU University Medical Center, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Paul Lips is emeritus professor of endocrinology in the VU University medical center in Amsterdam. His PhD thesis was on “Metabolic causes of femoral neck fractures” in 1982. He spent a training period in Lyon, France at the “Laboratoire de recherches sur l’histodynamique osseuse” (Université Claude Bernard) with Professor P.J. Meunier to gain experience with bone biopsies and metabolic bone diseases. His research is focused on osteoporosis, metabolic bone disease and vitamin D within the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research and the Institute MOVE with epidemiological, clinical and translational research. Important subjects are prevalence, consequences and prevention of vitamin D deficiency,  and effects of mechanical forces and inflammation on bone. He has (co)authored more than 450 papers in peer-reviewed international journals.  He was member of three WHO scientific groups on osteoporosis. He serves on the Editorial Board of Osteoporosis International, the Journal of Internal Medicine and  Clinical Endocrinology and is reviewer for many international journals on internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolic bone diseases. In 2013 he received the Philippe Bordier Award of the European Calcified Tissue Society. In 2015 he chaired the 18th Vitamin D Workshop in Delft.

Dr Rikke Andersen
Technical University of Denmark

Dr Andersen is a senior researcher in the Risk-Benefit Research Group at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark. Her main areas of scientific focus include vitamin D, human randomized controlled trials (RCT), cross-sectional studies, dietary assessments, children, immigrants, risk-benefit analysis of food, and biomarkers. Rikke is a board member of the Danish Nutrition Society.

Professor Lars Rejnmark
Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

Lars Rejnmark (MD, Ph.D., DMSc) is a Professor of Endocrinology at Aarhus University; Denmark and serves as a consultant at Department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital. He has published more than 150 papers in peer-reviewed journals focusing on calcium homeostasis, the vitamin D-parathyroid axis, and bone metabolism. 

Sandrine Pigat
Food and Nutrition Department, Creme Global, Ireland

Since 2010 Sandrine Pigat has been working in Creme Global in the area of dietary intake modelling and technology where she heads up the Food and Nutrition Department. Sandrine manages scientific projects for leaders from industry, government and academia using predictive intake models, food data science and software solutions to inform nutrition strategies, product marketing, food safety, regulatory compliance, product development and innovation. She also delivers training, scientific support and expert advice on data in the same area. Sandrine, originally from Luxembourg, completed her Bachelor's degree in Ecotrophology and Master's degree in Nutritional Sciences at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen in Germany. She has previously worked in the area of nutrition training and counselling in private as well as in clinical settings.

Professor Susan Lanham-New RNutr, FAfN, FSB
Professor of Human Nutrition & Department Head, University of Surrey

Professor Susan Lanham-New is Professor of Human Nutrition and Head of the Nutritional Sciences Department at the University of Surrey.    Her research focuses on the area of nutrition and bone health, for which she has won a number of awards including the Nutrition Society Medal for her work on the role of the skeleton in acid-base homeostasis.  She is a Member of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) and Editor in Chief of the Nutrition Society Textbook Series (6 books, >60,000 copies sold).  She has published more than 140 peer-reviewed original papers, book chapters and reviews and raised more than £6.5M in research grants and has supervised 22 PhD students.   She has recently been awarded Fellowship status of the Society of Biology and Fellowship status of the Association for Nutrition.

Professor Susan Whiting
College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan, Canada

Susan Whiting is Distinguished Professor of Nutrition in the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition, University of Saskatchewan.  After receiving a PhD in nutrition from the University of Guelph, postdoctoral training (nephrology) at the University of British Columbia, she taught at Mount Saint Vincent University before moving to the University of Saskatchewan where she has been working since 1988.  Her research has focussed on dietary influences on bone health, effectiveness and use of nutrient supplements, the calcium and vitamin D status of Canadians, and food security in Canada and Africa (Ethiopia).  She is a member of many research teams including Linking agro-food systems and community equity for food security in EthiopiaQuality of Life in Long-term Care in Saskatchewan, and Development of innovative therapeutic food products for treating malnutrition (Global Institute for Food Security).  Dr Whiting sits on the Canadian Health Measures Survey steering committee, the Scientific Advisory Board of Osteoporosis Canada, and the International Institute for Nutrition and Bone Health (2007-16).  In 2012 she was awarded the Canadian Nutrition Society’s McHenry Award for Distinguished Service in Nutrition. She is associate editor/editorial board of five journals including British Journal of Nutrition and Journal of Nutrition. 

Dr Toine Hulshof
EMEA Director Nutrition Science

Toine Hulshof obtained his MSc in Human Nutrition from Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1990. After graduation, he started his PhD research at Wageningen University on the impact of changes in macro-nutrient composition on feelings of appetite and food intake. He defended his PhD thesis ‘Fat and non-absorbable fat and the regulation of food intake’ successfully in 1994.

Since 1995 he worked with Kellogg´s in different roles: ‘Nutrition Communication and Consumer Affairs Manager Benelux, `Scientific and Regulatory Affairs for France and the Benelux`, ‘Corporate Affairs Manager Benelux’, ‘Regulatory and Public Affairs Manager Kellogg Europe’ and ‘Nutrition, Science and Innovation Manager Kellogg Europe’. Currently he is “EMEA Director Nutrition Science” and responsible for setting and executing the Nutrition Science strategy in EMEA (Europe – Middle East – Africa) countries. Vitamin D is in his full attention as an important vitamin for the population in whole EMEA and he strongly supports the fortification of breakfast cereals with vitamin D to help increase vitamin D intake across Europe and beyond.

Professor Zulf Mughal

Consultant in Paediatric Bone Disorders and Honorary Clinical Professor of Child Health, Department of Paediatric Endocrinology, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, UK

Professor Zulf Mughal graduated in medicine from the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1978.  He received postgraduate training in Paediatrics at hospitals in Manchester, Liverpool, in the UK and in Cincinnati, USA.  He was appointed a Consultant Pediatrician in1988.  He is currently employed as a Consultant in Paediatric Bone Disorders at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.  In 2013, he was appointed Honorary Clinical Professor in Child Health at the University of Manchester.  He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and a Fellow of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.  He has extensive experience in management of childhood bone & mineral disorders.  Professor Mughal has published >150 peer reviewed scientific papers, invited reviews and book chapters.  In June 2015, he was awarded the prestigious Charles Slemenda Award for his outstanding contribution to Paediatric Bone Research.