Further vitamin D conferences in London

Just passing on some information:

The Vitamin D Association is organising 2 conferences in London in May that might be of interest to you and your colleagues:

May 17, Vitamin D & Obstetrics – Improving Pregnancy & Childbirth

Some of the world’s foremost experts will show the strong evidence that higher levels of vitamin D lead to easier conception, easier pregnancy, less gestational diabetes, less pre-eclampsia, reduced risk of emergency C-sections and an easier delivery, followed by less depression in the mother and a larger, healthier baby. There is also evidence that the risk of type-1 diabetes in the child is reduced and that the child will have stronger bones and teeth.

Professor Bruce Hollis will discuss findings from his recent trials on vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy and breastfeeding. He is the director of Paediatric Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and has studied vitamin D metabolism and nutrition for the past 35 years. He has published significant scientific papers on the biomarkers of Vitamin D in the body as they relate to a number of illnesses

Professor Reinhold Vieth is Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, Canada. His current research focuses on the roles played by vitamin D in many illnesses and especially gestational diabetes, plus toxicity and safe blood serum levels.

Professor Hollis and Professor Vieth will release findings of their recent work on what mothers and health professionals need to know about vitamin D – information that they hope will help clarify new guidelines for safe sun exposure, supplementation and suitable dietary sources of vitamin D.

More at: www.vitamindassociation.org/events

May 18, Vitamin D & Cancer – Treatment & Prevention

Long-term Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many cancers, osteoporosis, multiple sclerosis, diabetes, insulin resistance, hypertension, heart disease, respiratory infections, muscle weakness, mood and cognitive function and infectious diseases such as influenza.

There is strong evidence that high levels of Vitamin D both help the body recover from cancer and also play a major part in preventing cancer.

Professor Joan Lappe is professor of medicine at Creighton University in USA. She will report on the results of a major Level 1 Randomised Controlled Trial that showed the preventive actions of Vitamin D and calcium against cancer.

Dr. Enikö Kállay will provide practical advice for Oncologists and other medical professionals about the latest genetic tests for diagnosis and treatment of cancer. She is Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Vienna, Department of Patho-physiology and Allergy Research, where she studies the role of Vitamin D and dietary calcium in the prevention and pathogenesis of colorectal cancer, with special emphasis on the CYP24 gene.

More at: www.vitamindassociation.org/events

Maybe you would consider informing all your clinical colleagues who may be interested in these medical areas.


Rufus Greenbaum
Vitamin D Project Manager
Email: rufusg@sbl-uk.org
Mobile: +44 7831 135428
Skype: rufusg


Review: Vitamin D Experts’ Forum, 7 April 2011 @ Wellcome Trust Conference Centre

It was comically ironic that on the hottest, sunniest day in London of 2011 so far, that approximately two-hundred people interested in vitamin D sat inside an auditorium in the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre to listen to why they should actually be outside that instant.

Despite showcasing presentations from two major names in British vitamin D advocacy (names I interviewed for my upcoming book back in September), this was largely a US-Canadian led invasion meant to recruit and entice local rebels into enacting eventual regime change in health policy…

While I myself am very familiar with virtually all of the current data and arguments in favour of – and against – vitamin D, I did find the presentations a good refresher as to why I’ve annoyed a lot of people about the subject for five or six years now. Additionally, Dr. M. Holick and Dr. R. Vieth’s presentations were a must see if only for the former’s light-hearted showmanship involving Hollywood movie clips and the latter’s ability to curb us from any excessive over-enthusiasm about vitamin D. Carole Baggerly’s telling of her breast cancer experiences was also a particularly powerful moment while Dr. William Grant remained as matter-of-fact as possible.

In the Q&A segments of the day I didn’t participate with any questions, partly because I’m spotlight shy but also because the one thing I did want to ask would have either seen my ejector seat button pushed or, more realistically, elicited a shrug from the experts (I’m not going to say what that question is, but some people might be able to guess the specific sub-topic from very recent posts here). Still, I did mingle with a few of them and some of the audience in refreshment breaks, and I was fascinated to learn why some of the latter are intrigued by vitamin D. It was a pity that there wasn’t time to hear some of their stories on the podium as personal testimony is always more fascinating than data, although not persuasive on its own.

As sponsor Mike Fischer noted at the end, if this conference had happened five or six years ago it probably wouldn’t have attracted such attention. I can attest to this as when I first became attracted to the topic the flood of patient-level information and discussion seemed just on the cusp of bursting. So, it was heartening to witness so many people there – many of them doctors or students – to learn or learn more about how they can help themselves and others in a new way. Much respect also goes to Rufus Greenbaum for organising and compering this event in a highly professional manner. A video recording and data from the presentations should be available for viewing in approximately one month.

There are two follow-up events also by The Vitamin D Association in mid-May at the same venue for those interested in more than just an overview of the particular topics of pregnancy outcomes and cancer respectively. These would be well worth attending if you have the time and inclination, or perhaps you could tell someone else about them, maybe a doctor you know of? You can read particular event information and book online here.

The metaphorical “ghost of (there being no Dr.) John Cannell” in attendance, as one audience member pointed out, was no great loss; in fact it probably, respectfully, allowed Dr. Holick great ease in challenging some of Cannell’s viewpoints and highlighting that there is no universal consensus about vitamin D because all the hoops and hurdles that determine the overall value of the substance are yet to be laid on the ground – through studies. But they all agree that it has immense potential.

Make no mistake, more and more people are realising that vitamin D is not just some quack fad; the number of supporters is growing and the revolution, when it comes, will not be prescribed.