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Highlights from the 2nd international vitamin conference

Last Updated : 02 June 2013

The 2nd International Vitamin Conference brought together scientists and regulators in sharing new knowledge on vitamins. The Conference took place between the 23rd and the 25th of May 2012 in Copenhagen, and was arranged by the Technical University of Denmark.

Discussion was focused on 13 vitamins from food and supplements, the content, their activity, biomarkers, and optimal dietary intake.
In this podcast, EUFIC spoke with 5 key speakers on their respective areas of research on vitamins including vitamin K, folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin C.

About the speakers

1. Dr Bruce Ames: Vitamin and mineral inadequacy accelerates aging-associated diseases

Bruce Ames

Dr. Ames is a Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley, and a Senior Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and he was on their Commission on Life Sciences. He was on the board of directors of the National Cancer Institute, the National Cancer Advisory Board, from 1976 to 1982. His 540+ publications have resulted in his being among the few hundred most-cited scientists (in all fields).


2. Dr Sarah Booth: Is there a need for specific dietary reference values for vitamin K2?

Sarah Booth

Dr. Sarah L Booth, PhD, serves as the Associate Director of the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University. She is also the Director of the Vitamin K Laboratory at the HNRCA and a Professor of Nutrition at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. Dr. Booth’s main scientific interests include the absorption, transport, and metabolism of vitamin K and the role of vitamin K metabolism in the prevention of chronic disease. Her laboratory has been the leader in the field for conducting controlled, vitamin K feeding studies, and has successfully conducted NIH-funded clinical trials in the area of vitamin K, osteocalcin and bone health, and vascular biology.

Most recently, Dr. Booth participated in the ILSI (International Life Sciences Institute)-Europe review of vitamin K dietary requirements. Dr. Booth is also an Associate Editor for Advances in Nutrition, the American Society of Nutrition’s official review journal.


3. Professor Barry Shane: Folate – overview on history, metabolism and role in health

Barry Shane

Barry Shane received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of London in 1971. He has been a Professor of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology at the University of California, Berkeley since 1985. He is internationally known for his research on folic acid and other water soluble vitamins. His current research concerns nutritional genomics and how genetic variation influences disease risk, and mechanisms of interaction between folate and vitamin B12.


4. Professor Ebba Nexo: The vitamin B12 story

Ebba Nexo

Professor Ebba Nexo has a MD and a Dr.Med.Sci. degree. She holds a professorship in clinical biochemistry at the University of Aarhus, and she has long standing achievements within the areas of vitamins and growth factors. Notably she has contributed with both basic and clinical aspects related to vitamin B12 often in collaboration with international colleagues and as part of several EU-projects.


5. Professor Jens Lykkesfeldt: Vitamin C – its role in brain development and function

Jens Lykkesfeldt

Jens Lykkesfeldt received his MSc degree in organic chemistry (1989) and later his PhD degree in biochemistry (1992) from the Technical University of Denmark. He did his postdoctoral work at Department of Pharmacology, University of Copenhagen (1993-95) and Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California at Berkeley (1996-98). In 1998 he became an associate professor in pharmacology at the Life Science Faculty, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

He received a DSc degree in medicine in 2005 for a thesis on vitamin C. In 2008, he became professor in biotechnology but settled in 2009 as professor and chair in experimental pharmacology and toxicology at the Department of Disease Biology. Dr. Lykkesfeldt’s research interests include the roles of oxidative stress and antioxidants in neurogenesis, chronic diseases and aging.

For more information:
2nd International Vitamin Conference programme