5-7. Juni 2019 in HOMBURG (Saar): Vitamin D und Licht-Biologie

Joint international Symposium

Vitamin D in Prevention and Therapy
on June 05-06, 2019
Biologic Effects of Light
on June 06-07, 2019 

Schlossberg Hotel
Homburg/ Saar, Germany

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Dear participants, colleagues and friends!
On behalf of the scientific committee, it is a pleasure to inform you that we will organize on June 5-7, 2019 in Homburg (Saar), Germany a Joint International Symposium entitled Vitamin D in Prevention and Therapy and Biologic Effects of Light.
In recent years, an enormous scientific progress has been made on these closely related topics and our knowledge about the effects of vitamin D and light on human health and the underlying mechanisms has exploded. This meeting is specially designed to synergistically offer scientists and clinicians insights into the latest developments in these intriguing research areas. These findings have lead to promising new concepts for the prevention and treatment of many diseases including skin cancer and other malignancies. Plenary and Keynote lectures, as well as Round Table Discussions and Poster presentations, will give an update on carefully selected “hot topics”, including vitamin D, skin cancer prevention, UVA radiation and cellular homeostasis, photocarcinogenesis, and photochemical internalization.  The proceedings of both symposiums will be published in a special issue of Anticancer Research.
We hope we will see you next June in Homburg.

Jörg Reichrath,  Michael Friedrich,  Michael F. Holick, Thomas Vogt


Organizing Committee

J. Reichrath, Homburg, Germany; Th. Vogt, Homburg, Germany; M. Friedrich, Krefeld, Germany; M.F. Holick, Boston, USA.

Local Organizing Committee

T. Felix Fernandes, Homburg/Saar; N. Jager, Homburg/Saar; A. Pemsel, Homburg/Saar; M. Preiß, Homburg/Saar; J. Reichrath, Homburg/Saar; R.Saternus, Homburg/Saar; L. Schilling, Homburg/Saar; Th. Vogt, Homburg/Saar, L. Will, Homburg/Saar.

Scientific Board
M.F. Holick, Boston; M. Preiß, Homburg/Saar; J. Reichrath, Homburg/Saar; Th. Vogt, Homburg/Saar

The symposium is held at the Schlossberg-Hotel Homburg, Schlossberg- Höhenstraße, 66424 Homburg / Saar, GERMANY, Tel: 0049-(0)6841-6660 - Fax: 0049-(0)-6841-62018 – Email: info@schlossberghotelhomburg.de

Congress Office
Frau N. Brengel and Frau M. Preiß
Sekretariat Professor Dr. med. Jörg Reichrath Stellvertretender Klinikdirektor / Leitender Oberarzt Klinik für Dermatologie, Venerologie und

Universitätsklinikum des Saarlandes und Medizinische Fakultät der Universität des Saarlandes
D-66421 Homburg / Saar

Tel.: 0049-(0)6841-1623832
E-mail: vitamind.effectsoflight@gmail.com


From Wednesday, June 5, 7.30 AM the congress office with the following desks will be situated during the symposium at the Schlossberg-Hotel


Conference Language

Social Programme
The organizers invite all speakers and registered participants on Tuesday evening (june 4, 7.30 PM) to a welcome reception at the Schlossberg hotel. There will be a social programme, more information will follow soon.

Abstract submission deadline
March 15, 2019 (15.03.2019). Please see Abstract submission form.

Please see Registration form.

Students: 50 Euro for one symposium: Vitamin D OR BEOL
75 Euro for both symposia: Vitamin D AND BEOL

Other participants: 250 Euro for one symposium: Vitamin D OR BEOL
350 Euro for both symposia: Vitamin D AND BEOL All fees have to be swift to the following account:

Name of Bank: Bank Saar
Account holder: Universität des Saarlandes
Bank Code: 591 900 00
Account Number: 977 180 08
International Bank Code: IBAN DE94591900000097718008 BIC: SABADE5S

Reference note: E204180116 – Vitamin D + BEOL“(please do not transfer without reference note!)
Alternatively, fees can be paid at the registration desk (cash only). We regret that payment by credit card cannot be accepted.

Speakers (confirmed):

Brenner H., Heidelberg, Germany Carlberg C., Kuopio, Finland
De Grujil, F.R., Leiden, Netherlands
Emmert S., Rostock, Germany
Gandini S, Italy, Milan
Grant W.B. San Francisco, USA
Herrmann M., Graz, Austria
Holick M.F., Boston, USA
Lammert, F., Homburg, Germany
Lindqvist P.G., Huddinge, Sweden
Linxweiler, M., Homburg, Germany
Pilz S., Graz, Austria
Römer, K., Homburg, Germany
Schöpe, J., Homburg, Germany
Slominski A., Birmingham, USA
Tanew A., Vienna, Austria
Volmer D, Berlin, Germany
Wulf H.C., Copenhagen, Denmark
Zittermann A., Bad Oeynhausen, Germany


Vitamin D in Prevention and Therapy

Wednesday, June 5

7.30 AM – 6.00 PM
Featured Lectures
8.00 – 8.05 AM 8.05 – 8.15 AM 8.15 – 9.00 AM 9.00 – 10.30 AM
10.30 – 11.00 AM 11.00 AM – 1.00 PM
1.00 – 2.15 PM 2.15 - 4.45 PM
Welcome address
Opening remarks
I. Historic and Future Perspectives of Vitamin D
II. Molecular Biology of Vitamin D (I) - New insights
in Vitamin D receptor mediated gene regulation: epi- genetics, miRNAs, long non-coding RNAs and beyond
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
III. Molecular Biology of Vitamin D (II) – New strategies for prevention and treatment of cancer
Lunch Break and Poster Viewing
IV. Vitamin D in Prevention and Therapy (I) – What is the evidence? Results from epidemiological and clinical studies (I)

4.45 – 5.15 PM 5.15 – 6.45 PM

Thursday, June 6
8.00 AM - 1.10 PM
8.00 –10.00 AM 10.00 – 10.30 AM 10.30 AM – 0.30 PM
0.30 – 1.00 PM
1.00 –1.10 PM _
1.10 – 2.15 PM Lunch and Poster Viewing


Biologic Effects of LightThursday, June 6

7.30 AM – 6.00 PM

Featured Lectures
2.15 – 2.30 PM
2.30 – 3.45 PM
3.45 – 4.15 AM
4.15 – 6.30 PM
6.30 – 7.30 PM

Friday, June 7
8.00 AM - 3.30 PM
8.00 - 9.15 AM
9.15 – 10.15 AM

Opening remarks

I. Beneficial Health Effects of Light
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

II. Optical radiation: photoreceptors, circadian clock, and beyond

III. Analysis of Vitamin D Metabolites, Photobiology of Vitamin D and Photoprotection (3) – Melanin, Sunscreens and Vitamin D
10.15 – 10.45 AM
10.45 AM – 0.00 PM
0.00 – 0.45 PM
0:45 – 1.45 PM
1.45 – 2.30 PM
2.30 – 3.15 PM

Coffee Break and Poster Viewing

V. UV-Radiation and Skin Cancer (2) – Promising New Concepts
Lunch (Snacks) and Poster Viewing

VI. UV-Radiation and Skin Cancer (I) – Promising New Concepts

VII. New applications of optical radiation in prevention and therapy
Round Table Discussion: Challenge and promise: New avenues for the use of UV-radiation and visible light in medicine

3.15 – 3.30 PM Closing Remarks:

M.F. Holick, J. Reichrath, Th. Vogt

IV. UV-Radiation and Skin Cancer (1) – DNA Repair, Free Radicals, and Beyond