7th International Conference On Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition and Human Health.

January 25-26, 2018, Intercontinental Hotels and Resorts, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.


6th International Vitamin D Congress

DAY 1: THURSDAY, March 9, 2017

Time Speaker Topic
07:00 - 07:50 Registration  
07:50 – 07:55 Dr. Afrozul Haq Welcome & Introduction

Speech by the Chief Guest

Introduce by Dr. Afrozul Haq

07:55 – 08:00Prof. Seyed Ehtesham Hasnain, India

Keynote Lecture:

Introduce by Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa

08:00 – 09:45Prof. Michael Holick: Sunlight, Skin, Vitamin D and Human Health

SESSION I: Vitamin D and Bone

Moderators Prof. Sunil Wimalawansa & Dr. Shereen Atif
10:00 – 10:30 Prof. Mohammed S. Razzaque : FGF23-vitamin D axis in systemic regulation of phosphate homeostasis
10:30 – 10:45 Dr. Jaishen Rajah : Inhaled corticosteroids in children: effects on bone mineral density and health

Coffee Break

SESSION II: Vitamin D and Clinical Applications

Moderators Prof. Nasser Al-Dahghri & Dr. Gehad ElGhazali
11:05 – 11:20 Dr. Shereen Atef : Vitamin D: A biomarker of wellness
11:20 – 11:35 Dr. Saicharan Bodi : Update on Vitamin D's role in respiratory diseases?–An evidence based review
11:35 – 11:50 Dr. Kalpana M. Krishnareddy : Vitamin D deficiency- Does it matter in critically ill patients?

SESSION III: Vitamin D and Lifestyle

Moderators Dr. Fatme Al Anouti & Dr. Laila Abdel-Wareth
12:00 – 12:30 Prof. Mohammed S. Razzaque : Lessons learned from the experimental models with
high & low vitamin D levels
12:30 – 13:00 Dr. Mona Fouda Neel : GDM and vitamin D

13:10 - 14:00 Prayers & Lunch

SESSION IV: Vitamin D and Genetics

Moderators Dr. Riyad Sulimani & Prof. Pawel Pludowski
14:00 – 14:15 Dr. Gehad ElGhazali : Genetic determinants of vitamin D status
14:15 – 14:45 Prof. Carsten Carlberg : The vitamin D response index: molecular basis and applications
14:45 – 15:00 Dr. Fatme AI Anouti : Investigating the association of vitamin D metabolism genes with vitamin D status among young adult Emiratis

SESSION V: Vitamin D and Nutrition

Moderators Dr. Laila Abdel-Wareth & Prof. Carsten Carlberg
15:10 – 15:25 Dr. Jane Angelina : Correlation of vitamin D deficiency towards nutrients and overall health
15:25 – 16:05 Ms. Nighat Y.Sofi : Vitamin D and nutritional needs in women with breast cancer
16:05 – 16:20 Ms. Sara Adel Dawood : Defining pharmaceutical care issues in relation to vitamin D deficiency

SESSION VI: Measurement of Vitamin D

Moderators Dr. Poonam Chandra & Dr. Abubaker M. Elfatih
16:30-17:00 Dr. Rana Nebulsi : Recent update on vitamin D laboratory testing
17:00-17:30 Prof. Dr. Berthold Hocher : What to measure : Free or total 25-hydroxyvitamin D
17:30-18:00 Dr. Haider M. Al- Attia: Reliability of measurements of serum total and ionized calcium, phosphate, alkaline phosphatase and PTH in diagnosing hypovitaminosis D


DAY 2: FRIDAY, March 10, 2017

Keynote Lecture

Introduce by Dr. Afrozul Haq

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

SESSION VII: Vitamin D Guideline/Status

Moderators Dr. Afrozul Haq & Prof. Michael Holick
9:00 – 9:30 Prof. Michael Holick : Perspectives on the vitamin D deficiency pandemic
9:30 – 9:45

Prof. Sunil J. Wimalawansa : IOM recommendations vs. vitamin D guidelines applicable to the rest of the world

SESSION VIII: Vitamin D status in Middle East and Europe

Moderators Dr. Nasser Al-Dhagri & Dr.Gehad ElGhazali
10:00 – 10:15 Prof. Pawel Pludowski : Vitamin D status in Europe- west, central, east
10:15 – 10:30 Dr. Yousef Al-Saleh : Saudi national guidelines for vitamin D
10:30 – 10:45 Prof. Pawel Pludowski : Vitamin D status among immigrants

SESSION IX: Vitamin D and Epidemiology

Moderators Dr. Shereen Atef & Ms. Nighat Y. Sofi
11:10 - 11:25 Dr. Saeed Akhtar :Low Vitamin D Status in Asian Populations-An Unattended Public Health Issue
11:25 - 11:40 Dr. Shahzad : Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in Pakistan; implications for the future
11:40-11:55 Dr. R.K. Marwaha : Multi-prong strategy to combat vitamin D deficiency in India

12:00 – 13:00 : Prayers & Lunch Break

SESSION X: Vitamin D and Metabolic Disease

Moderators Dr. Yousef AI-Saleh & Dr. Gehad ElGhazali
13:00 - 14:00 Prof. Sunil J. Wimalawansa : Vitamin D and its role in obesity
14:00-14:30 Prof. Riyad Sulimani : Vitamin D and cardiovascular disease
14:30-14:45 Dr. Haider M. Al- Attia : Impact of skin-melanin content on hypovitaminosis D in a Middle Eastern population

SESSION XI : Vitamin D in Children and Young Adults

Moderators Dr. Jaishen Rajah & Dr. Rana Nabulsi
14:55 – 15:25 Prof. Nasser Al-Daghri : Sex-Specific Vitamin D Effects in Blood Coagulation
15:25 – 15:55 Prof. Nasser Al-Daghri : Effects of various vitamin D correction strategies in children and adults
15:55 – 16:10 Dr. Afrozul Haq : Vitamin D status among the juvenile population: A retrospective study

SESSION XII : Vitamin D in Children and Young Adults

Moderators Prof. Berthold Hocher and Dr. Saicharan Bodi
16.30 - 16.45 Dr. Naji Jameel Aljohani : Vitamin D: Case discussion related to reproduction
16:45 – 17:15 Dr. John Osuku Opio : Stereochemistry of vitamin D
17:15 – 17:45 Dr. Laila Abdel-Wareth : Vitamin D deficiency : What have we learned so far?


Thank you note by Dr. Afrozul Haq


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