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A panel of international experts will present the latest findings on the link between insufficient vitamin D and chronic disease and discuss whether a new public health policy is needed for vitamin D and sunlight. This international meeting of scientists will take place at Portcullis House, House of Commons, at 9.30am on Wednesday 2 November, organised by the Health Research Forum and hosted by Ian Gibson MP. The meeting is open to media, scientists and doctors.

In the UK, six out of 10 adults of working age are at risk of chronic disease because they do not get enough vitamin D. Insufficient vitamin D is now being recognised as a cause of a number of cancers and other chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis, diabetes and heart disease. The action of sunlight on skin is our primary source of vitamin D.

Speakers include:
BRIAN DIFFEY: Professor in the Regional Medical Physics Department, Newcastle General Hospital.
GEORGE EBERS: Action Research Professor of Neurology in the Department of Clinical Neurology at the University of Oxford
MICHAEL F HOLICK - Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics; Director of the General Clinical Research Center; Director of Bone Health Care Clinic and the Heliotherapy, Light and Skin Research Center at Boston University Medical Center, USA
ELINA HYPPONEN - Centre for Paediatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Institute of Child Health, University College London
JOHAN MOAN - Professor in the Department of Radiation Biology, Institute for Cancer Research, Oslo, Norway
RICHARD STRANGE - Professor at Keele University Medical School
REINHOLD VIETH - Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto
ARMIN ZITTERMAN - Heart and Diabetes Center, Ruhr University, Bochum, Germany.

If you would like to attend please e-mail Gill Perkins by 12 noon on Tuesday 1 November.
Press releases and abstracts will be available at the meeting and by e-mail request.

Gill Perkins
LSPR Communications
T: +44 (0) 20 8546 1155
M: +44 (0) 7850 319359

Oliver Gillie
Health Research Forum
T: +44 (0) 20 7561 9677