09.03.2017 in Abu Dhabi (VAR)

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Der Kongress ist am 09.03.2017 in Abu Dhabi (VAR) und dauert 2 Tage:

in Abu Dhabi: 6. Vitamin D Kongress 2017

Greetings to all members of the vitamin D congress,

especially to you, Afrozul Haq.
When we first met in 2009 in Brügge, Belgium at the vitamin D congress. We both felt the fire that came from the enormous potential auf the Vitamin D system.

Your early knowlege in 2009 of this scientific subject has lead you on your way to this big event of development and research.

Best wishes to you and your collegues!

Raimund von Helden


6th International Vitamin D Congress

 DAY 1: THURSDAY, March 9, 2017

Time    Speaker    Topic
07:00 – 08:25    Registration    
08:25 – 08:30    Dr. Afrozul Haq    Welcome & Introduction
Speech by the Chief Guest

Introduce by Dr. Afrozul Haq

08:30 – 08:50Prof. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, India

Keynote Lecture:

Introduce by Introduce by Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa

08:50 – 09:30Prof. Michael Holick: Sunlight, Skin, Vitamin D and Human Health

SESSION I: Vitamin D and Bone

Moderators    Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa & Dr. Shereen Atif
09:30 – 09:50    Mohammed S. Razzaque: FGF23-vitamin D axis in systemic regulation of phosphate homeostasis
09:50 – 10:10    Jaishen Rajah: Inhaled corticosteroids in children: effects on bone mineral density and health
10:10 – 10:30    Haider M. Al- Attia: Reliability of measurements of serum total and ionized calcium, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase and PTH in diagnosing hypovitaminosis D

Coffee Break

SESSION II: Vitamin D and Immunology

Moderators    Prof. Nasser Al-Dahghri & Dr. Gehad ElGhazali
11:00 – 11:30    John White: Vitamin D regulation of species-specific innate immunity
11:30 – 11:50    Saicharan Bodi: Update on Vitamin D's role in respiratory diseases?–An evidence based review
11:50 – 12:10    Kalpana M. Krishnareddy: Vitamin D deficiency- Does it matter in critically ill patients?

SESSION III: Vitamin D and Lifestyle

Moderators    Dr. Fatme Al Anouti & Prof. Mohammed S. Razzaque
12:10 – 12:30    Shereen Atef: Vitamin D: A biomarker of wellness
12:30 – 12:50    Naji Jameel Aljohani: Vitamin D: Case discussion related to reproduction
12:50 - 14:00 Prayers & Lunch

SESSION IV: Vitamin D and Genetics

Moderators    Dr. Basel Altrabulsi & Prof. Pawel Pludowski
14:00 – 14:20    Gehad ElGhazali: Genetic determinants of vitamin D status
14:20 – 14:40    Carsten Carlberg: The vitamin D response index: molecular basis and applications
14:40 – 15:00    Haider M. Al- Attia: Impact of skin-melanin content on hypovitaminosis D in a Middle Eastern population

SESSION V: Vitamin D and Cancer

Moderators    Dr. Laila Abdel-Wareth & Prof. Carsten Carlberg
15:00 – 15:30    John White: Vitamin D and cancer prevention
15:30 – 15:50    Nighat Y. Sofi: Vitamin D and nutritional needs in women with breast cancer
15:50 - 16:00 Coffee Break

SESSION VI: Measurement of Vitamin D

Moderators    Dr. Poonam Chandra & Dr. Abubaker M. Elfatih
16:20-16:40    Rana Nebulsi: Recent update on vitamin D laboratory testing
16:20-16:40    Nicolas Heureux: What to measure: Free or total 25-hydroxyvitamin D
16:40-17:00    Mohammed S. Razzaque: Lessons learned from the experimental models with high & low vitamin D levels


DAY 2: FRIDAY, March 10, 2017

Keynote Lecture:

Introduce by Dr. Afrozul Haq

08:00 – 08:45 Prof. Carsten Carlberg: (Epi) genome-wide effects of vitamin D

SESSION VII: Vitamin D Guideline/Status

Moderators    Dr. Afrozul Haq & Prof. Michael Holick
8:45 – 9:15    Michael Holick: Perspectives on the vitamin D deficiency pandemic
9:15 – 9:45    Sunil J. Wimalawansa: IOM recommendations vs. vitamin D guidelines applicable to the rest of the world
9:45 – 10:15    Pawel Pludowski: Vitamin D status in Europe- west, central, east
10:15 – 10:45    Yousef Al-Saleh: Saudi national guidelines for vitamin D
10:45 – 11:15    Pawel Pludowski: Vitamin D status among immigrants

SESSION VIII: Vitamin D and Nutrition

Moderators    Dr. Shereen Atef & Dr. Nighat Y. Sofi
11:15 – 11:35    Jane Angelina: Correlation of vitamin D deficiency towards nutrients and overall health
11:35 – 11:55    Parmjit S. Panesar: Probiotic foods: Current status and their potential role in human health and nutrition
11:55 – 12:15    Tirang Neyestani: Vitamin D fortified-bread: a powerful weapon to combat vitamin D deficiency
12:15 – 12:30    Parmjit S. Panesar: Role of Food and Nutrition in Human Health
12:30 – 13:50: Prayers & Lunch Break

SESSION IX: Vitamin D and Metabolic Disease

Moderators    John White & Dr. Haider Al-Attia
13:50 - 14:20    Sunil J. Wimalawansa: Vitamin D and its role in obesity
14:20-14:40    Riyad Sulimani: Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease
14:40-15:00    Virendra K. Misra: Clinical expectations of Vitamin D with special reference of Cardiovascular Diseases
15:00-15:20    Nasser Al-Daghri: Sex-Specific Vitamin D Effects in Blood Coagulation

SESSION X: Vitamin D in Children and Young Adults

Moderators    Dr. Jaishen Rajah & Dr. Rana Nabulsi
15:35 – 16:05    Afrozul Haq: Vitamin D status among the juvenile population: A retrospective study
16:05 – 16:25    Nasser Al-Daghri: Effects of various vitamin D correction strategies in children and adults
16:25 – 16:45    Fatme Al Anouti: Investigating the association of vitamin D metabolism genes with vitamin D status among young adult Emiratis
16:45 – 17:05    Mona Fouda Neel: GDM and vitamin D


17:05 – 17:15    Laila Abdel-Wareth: Vitamin D deficiency: What have we learned so far?
Thank you note by Dr. Afrozul Haq
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Die Literatur der Kongress-Beiträge gibt es als PDF:

New articles available on ScienceDirect

The Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 
Volume 175, Pages 1-204, January 2018 

Vitamin D Deficiency and Human Health
Edited by Afrozul Haq, Sunil Wimalawansa and Sadeq Quraishi 

Editorial board    
Page IFC

Highlights from the 5th International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition and Human Health, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, March 24–25, 2016    
Pages 1-3 
Afrozul Haq, Sunil J. Wimalawansa, Carsten Carlberg

Clinical practice guidelines for vitamin D in the United Arab Emirates    Review Article 
Pages 4-11 
Afrozul Haq, Sunil J. Wimalawansa, Pawel Pludowski, Fatme Al Anouti

The concept of the personal vitamin D response index    Review Article 
Pages 12-17 
Carsten Carlberg, Afrozul Haq

Multiple unexplained fractures in infants and child physical abuse    
Pages 18-22 
John Jacob Cannell, Michael F Holick

Vitamin D deficiency and the pathogenesis of Crohn’s disease    Review Article 
Pages 23-28 
John H. White

Vitamin D and cardiovascular diseases: Causality    Review Article 
Pages 29-43 
Sunil J. Wimalawansa
Graphical abstract

Sunlight exposure: Do health benefits outweigh harm?    Review Article 
Pages 44-48 
Mohammed S. Razzaque

Vitamin D status among the juvenile population: A retrospective study    Original Research Article 
Pages 49-54 
Afrozul Haq, Jitka Svobodová, Nighat Y. Sofi, Andrea Jindrová, Bohumil Kába, Jaishen Rajah, Fatme Al Anouti, Laila Abdel-Wareth, Sunil J. Wimalawansa, Mohammed S. Razzaque
Graphical abstract

Nutritional risk factors and status of serum 25(OH)D levels in patients with breast cancer: A case control study in India    Original Research Article 
Pages 55-59 
Nighat Y. Sofi, Monika Jain, Umesh Kapil, Vuthaluru Seenu, Vineet Kumar Kamal, Ravinder Mohan Pandey

Non-musculoskeletal benefits of vitamin D    Review Article 
Pages 60-81 
Sunil J. Wimalawansa
Graphical abstract

Role of vitamin D on gut microbiota in cystic fibrosis    Review Article 
Pages 82-87 
Mansi Kanhere, Benoit Chassaing, Andrew T. Gewirtz, Vin Tangpricha

Prevalence, determinants and clinical correlates of vitamin D deficiency in adults with inhaled corticosteroid-treated asthma in London, UK    Original Research Article 
Pages 88-96 
David A. Jolliffe, Kate Kilpin, Beverley D. MacLaughlin, Claire L. Greiller, Richard L. Hooper, Neil C. Barnes, Peter M. Timms, Raj K. Rajakulasingam, Angshu Bhowmik, Aklak B. Choudhury, David E. Simcock, Elina Hyppönen, Christopher J. Corrigan, Robert T. Walton, Christopher J. Griffiths, Adrian R. Martineau

Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D levels in a healthy population from the North of Portugal    Original Research Article 
Pages 97-101 
Andreia Bettencourt, Daniela Boleixa, Júlia Reis, José Carlos Oliveira, Denisa Mendonça, Paulo Pinho Costa, Berta Martins da Silva, António Marinho, Ana Martins da Silva

Vitamin D in Saudi Arabia: Prevalence,distribution and disease associations    Review Article 
Pages 102-107 
Nasser M. Al-Daghri

Developmental vitamin D deficiency and autism: Putative pathogenic mechanisms    Review Article 
Pages 108-118 
Asad Ali, Xiaoying Cui, Darryl Eyles

Vitamin D receptor gene polymorphisms among Emirati patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus    Original Research Article 
Pages 119-124 
Habiba Al Safar, Sarah El Hajj Chehadeh, Laila Abdel-Wareth, Afrozul Haq, Herbert F. Jelinek, Gehad ElGhazali, Fatme Al Anouti

Vitamin D supplementation guidelines    Original Research Article 
Pages 125-135 
Pawel Pludowski, Michael F. Holick, William B. Grant, Jerzy Konstantynowicz, Mario R. Mascarenhas, Afrozul Haq, Vladyslav Povoroznyuk, Nataliya Balatska, Ana Paula Barbosa, Tatiana Karonova, Ema Rudenka, Waldemar Misiorowski, Irina Zakharova, Alena Rudenka, Jacek Łukaszkiewicz, Ewa Marcinowska-Suchowierska, Natalia Łaszcz, Pawel Abramowicz, Harjit P. Bhattoa, Sunil J. Wimalawansa

Vitamin D assays in clinical laboratory: Past, present and future challenges    Original Research Article 
Pages 136-137 
Shereen H. Atef

Prevalence, determinants and clinical correlates of vitamin D deficiency in patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in London, UK    Original Research Article 
Pages 138-145 
David A. Jolliffe, Wai Yee James, Richard L. Hooper, Neil C. Barnes, Claire L. Greiller, Kamrul Islam, Angshu Bhowmik, Peter M. Timms, Raj K. Rajakulasingam, Aklak B. Choudhury, David E. Simcock, Elina Hyppönen, Robert T. Walton, Christopher J. Corrigan, Christopher J. Griffiths, Adrian R. Martineau

Maternal early pregnancy vitamin D status in relation to low birth weight and small-for-gestational-age offspring    Original Research Article 
Pages 146-150 
Huiping Wang, Yanfeng Xiao, Lan Zhang, Qiong Gao

Cognitive changes under memantine according to vitamin D status in Alzheimer patients: An exposed/unexposed cohort pilot study    Original Research Article 
Pages 151-156 
Pauline Lemire, Antoine Brangier, Melinda Beaudenon, Guillaume T. Duval, Cedric Annweiler

Effects of Vitamin D3 on asymmetric- and symmetric dimethylarginine in arterial hypertension    Original Research Article 
Pages 157-163 
M.R. Grübler, M. Gaksch, K. Kienreich, N.D. Verheyen, J. Schmid, C. Müllner, G. Richtig, H. Scharnagl, C. Trummer, V. Schwetz, A. Meinitzer, B. Pieske, W. März, A. Tomaschitz, S. Pilz

Vitamin D deficiency is associated with an oxidized plasma cysteine redox potential in critically Ill children    Original Research Article 
Pages 164-169 
Jessica A. Alvarez, Jocelyn R. Grunwell, Scott E. Gillespie, Vin Tangpricha, Kiran B. Hebbar

Serum 25(OH)D and adipokines levels in people with abdominal obesity    Original Research Article 
Pages 170-176 
T. Karonova, O. Belyaeva, E.B. Jude, A. Tsiberkin, A. Andreeva, E. Grineva, P. Pludowski

Associations of vitamin D with insulin resistance, obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome    Review Article 
Pages 177-189 
Sunil J. Wimalawansa
Graphical abstract

Effects of vitamin D status on oral health    Original Research Article 
Pages 190-194 
Anne Marie Uwitonze, Julienne Murererehe, Marie Claire Ineza, Eliane Ingabire Harelimana, Usiel Nsabimana, Peace Uwambaye, Agnes Gatarayiha, Afrozul Haq, Mohammed S. Razzaque
Graphical abstract

Vitamin D deficiency in mothers, neonates and children    Original Research Article 
Pages 195-199 
Deena H. Elsori, Majeda S. Hammoud

Reproductive factors, nutritional status and serum 25(OH)D levels in women with breast cancer: A case control study    Review Article 
Pages 200-204 
Nighat Y. Sofi, Monika Jain, Umesh Kapil, Vuthaluru Seenu, Lakshmy R., Chander P. Yadav, Ravindra M. Pandey, Neha Sareen

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