Andrew Atz, MD
Interim Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Please join us on Friday, March 24, 2017, 8am-4:30pm!
MUSC Bioengineering Building, 1st Floor, Room 110
Keynote Presentation: “Vitamin D, Immunity and Human Health: Are We There Yet?”
Martin Hewison, PhD
Professor of Molecular Endocrinology
Deputy Director Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
The University of Birmingham Medical School
Friday, March 24, 2017, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
The last 10 years have witnessed a dramatic shift in our view of vitamin D. Increased awareness of the detrimental effects of vitamin D-deficiency, and the identification of numerous potential health benefits of supplementation have made vitamin D a hot research topic. What is the next step? The translational potential of vitamin D may be endorsed via the many randomized control trials currently underway, but do we really understand how vitamin D impacts human health? Beyond its classical actions in calcium and skeletal homeostasis, the answer is usually no. One facet of vitamin D physiology that has attracted much attention is its interaction with the immune system. The ability of vitamin D to promote both innate (macrophage/dendritic cell) and adaptive (T cell/B cell) responses, has linked vitamin D to infectious and autoimmune disorders. The presentation will review these actions in a translational setting, whilst highlighting recent advances that may provide a platform for improved use of vitamin D in future supplementation trials.
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