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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).

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.

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 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. 

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.

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 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.