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Vitamin D Workshop

October 13-14, 2021 | 9:00AM EDT | 1:00PM UTC | 3:00PM CEST*
*Program is in development and subject to change


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 Free Access to On Demand Content to Scientists from Low-and Middle-Income Countries

Keystone Symposia welcomes the global scientific community and aims to connect researchers within and across disciplines to accelerate the advancement of biomedical and life sciences. This form may be used for scientists from low- and middle-income countries of all career stages to determine eligibility and request free access to scientific content presented during recent eSymposia events. If eligible, you will be sent an access code for the On Demand content of the eSymposia event(s) of interest. Application must be completed by February 1, 2022.

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This eSymposia is organized in collaboration with the Vitamin D Workshop, the premier meeting in the field of vitamin D biology since 1973. This virtual 23rd Vitamin D Workshop will accelerate scientific discoveries that optimize the health effects of the vitamin D endocrine system.

Ever since E.V. McCollum coined the term “vitamin D” in the 1920s, we’ve known that vitamin D plays an essential role in bone and calcium metabolism. However, decades of research show that vitamin D can also impact physiological and pathological processes beyond bone. As a molecular regulator of cell differentiation, lineage determination, apoptosis, autophagy, and metabolism, Vitamin D influences carcinogenesis, metabolic diseases, and various aspects of immunity. Meanwhile, the presence of the Vitamin D receptor and multiple metabolizing enzymes in most human tissues highlights the complexity of this system as a modulator of health and wellness throughout the body.

This virtual conference will be a venue for sharing insight into the molecular actions and translational potential of vitamin D in a variety of disease-relevant physiologic contexts, covering the following key scientific questions:

  1. How does vitamin D signaling influence immune cells to alter the response to infectious disease (e.g. COVID-19) or inflammation-driven diseases (e.g. IBD)?
  2. What molecular mechanisms explain the impact of vitamin D on traditional (calcium/bone) and non-traditional (stem cells/cancer/development/aging) endpoints?
  3. What new analytical or computational approaches are available to expand our understanding of vitamin D action?

By answering these and other questions, participants will generate new scientific ideas and form collaborations that enable translation of this knowledge to improve human health.

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Regular Registration Rate: $275 USD
Student Registration Rate: $150 USD


Abstract Submission
‣ For Short Talk Consideration: Passed
‣ For ePoster Presentation: Passed
Final ePoster / SciTalk Submission: Passed
Financial Aid Application: Passed

*Abstract submission is required in order to submit an ePoster and/or Scitalk


Program Details

Keynote Speaker

[Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD]

[Pedro L. Alonso, MD, PhD]
[World Health Organization, Director of the Global Malaria Programme]

Speaking at this eSymposia

Megan Beggs

University of Alberta, Canada

Carlos Bernal-Mizrachi

Washington University, USA

Moray J. Campbell

Ohio State University, USA

Margherita T. Cantorna

Pennsylvania State University, USA

Diego Cobice

Ulster University, UK

Philip R. Fischer

Mayo Clinic, USA

Laurie J. Goodyear

Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School, USA

Folami Ideraabdullah

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, USA

Seth W. Kullman

North Carolina State University, USA

Erica Mandell

University of Colorado, USA

Adrian Martineau

Queen Mary University of London, UK

Daniel Metzger

Institut de Génétique et de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, France

Mukund Seshadri

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA

Stephanie Sisley

Baylor College of Medicine, USA





Additional Support



Funding for this conference was made possible, in part, by R13 AG048689-06 ("Annual Vitamin D Workshops") from the National Institute on Aging. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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The views expressed in this eSymposia are those of the participants and not necessarily of the participants’ organizations or of Keystone Symposia.


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