October 13-14, 2021 | 9:00AM EDT | 1:00PM UTC | 5:00PM CEST*
*Program is in development and subject to change
Heartland Assays' mission is to provide cutting-edge analytics, robust methodologies, and precise, accurate results for their clientele. Heartland Assays is equipped to provide analysis of Vitamin D and Vitamin D analogues for several different and complex matrices. By utilizing a comprehensive range of state-of-the art analytical techniques, our goal is to provide competitive pricing and rapid turnaround without sacrificing accuracy. These analyses can be performed with all types of sample matrices including biological tissues and fluids from cell cultures, animals, and humans, and all types of foods, feeds, concentrates, and supplements. With innovative and proprietary technology, Heartland Assays has the knowledge, skills, and expertise to support all of your analytical needs.
The Vitamin D Workshop is a non-profit educational organization whose mission is to organize scientific meetings on the metabolism, biological functions, and health effects of vitamin D. Since 1973, there have been 22 highly successful international Vitamin D Workshops which have typically attracted 200-300 basic researchers, translational scientists, clinicians, and policy makers from around the globe. The Board of Directors of the Vitamin D Workshop 501c3 organization is composed of internationally recognized vitamin D scientists. This group is responsible for final decisions on venues, finances and programmatic issues. In addition, a Program Advisory Committee composed of approximately 30 vitamin D researchers contributes suggestions for invited speakers and scientific sessions. Vitamin D is the precursor for an active steroid hormone that activates the nuclear vitamin D receptor (VDR) to regulate gene expression. Its traditional role is to regulate the biology of cells in the bone, kidney, and intestine to control calcium and bone metabolism. Vitamin D can be obtained through diet and supplements as vitamins D2 and D3, and vitamin D3 can also be synthesized in skin upon exposure to UV light. Many studies have associated vitamin D status with a wide variety of physiologic and age-related, pathologic processes, e.g. cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease. While this research has generated considerable media attention, it has also led to many new questions about the molecular actions of the vitamin D hormone, the challenges of assessing vitamin D status and the optimal intake to prevent chronic diseases. It is not clear how aging, ethnicity and genetics influence vitamin D actions, and how requirements are altered in diverse populations. These issues are of great interest to scientists, health professionals and the general public. With support from an NIH Conference grant, the annual Vitamin D Workshops bring together vitamin D scientists to share research ideas and resources, discuss the emerging basic and applied data, and bring areas of controversy to light.