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New Data Indicate Expanded Role of Vitamin D

The New York Academy of Sciences to present ‘Vitamin D: Beyond Bone’ conference on September 21.

Published September 07, 2012

NEW YORK, September 6, 2012—Explore the role of Vitamin D: Beyond Bone on September 21 at the New York Academy of Sciences, presented in conjunction with the Abbott Nutrition Health Institute and The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science.

Over the past decade, researchers have produced data strongly suggesting that vitamin D and its metabolites contribute to a host of biological processes beyond the control of calcium and bone metabolism. This conference will explore recent epidemiological data and the molecular mechanisms of action known to underlie the effects of vitamin D on pregnancy and lactation, immune function and disease prevention, and cardiovascular function.

In light of new knowledge about vitamin D, keynote speaker Daniel D. Bikle, MD, PhD, University of California San Francisco and VA Medical Center, will address the issue of dietary guidelines and give advice for navigating current recommendations. Dr. Bikle will focus on "the promise that the data from cellular, animal, and epidemiologic studies provide for vitamin D in the maintenance of good health." However, adds Bikle, "We must recognize that data from carefully conducted randomized clinical trials are limited, so we must remain open to new information and be prepared to adjust recommendations accordingly."

Conference speakers will also discuss how epidemiological data can be translated into policy and clinical applications in specific populations. Speakers will focus on the potential role of vitamin D in Type 2 Diabetes, muscle function, and fall risk.

A panel discussion titled "What are the Research Gaps and Critical Next Directions in Vitamin D Research?" will delve into the steps that must be taken to translate basic research and epidemiological data into public health strategies that support health and well-being, with a special focus on adult and aging populations.

"Abbott fully supports the ongoing research around vitamin D, as it is an essential nutrient to our overall health," said Robert Miller, divisional vice president, Global R&D and Scientific Affairs for Abbott Nutrition. "The more we learn about this nutrient, the more we might be able to provide products to those at risk of a vitamin D deficiency, such as older adults or hospitalized patients."

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Media must RSVP to Diana Friedman (; 212.298.8645).

About Abbott
Abbott is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics. The company employs approximately 91,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries. For more than 85 years, Abbott's nutrition business has been developing and marketing science-based pediatric and adult nutritional products to support the growth, health and well-being of people all over the world. Globally recognized brands include Similac®, PediaSure®, Gain®, Ensure® and Glucerna®.

About The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science
The New York Academy of Sciences, in partnership with The Mortimer D. Sackler Foundation, Inc., established The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science to create a coordinated effort to support and disseminate nutrition science research. The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is dedicated to advancing nutrition science research and knowledge, mobilizing communities, and translating this work into the field. The Institute is generating a coordinated network across sectors, disciplines, and geographies that promotes open communication; encourages exchange of information and resources; nurtures the next generation of scientists; and affects community intervention design and public policy changes. Visit us online at

About the New York Academy of Sciences
The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that since 1817 has been committed to advancing science, technology, and society worldwide. With 25,000 members in 140 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity. The Academy's core mission is to advance scientific knowledge, positively impact the major global challenges of society with science-based solutions, and increase the number of scientifically informed individuals in society at large. Please visit us online at