Vitamin D through pregnancy, infancy and the early years

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Wednesday 22nd October
Heartland Hotel Cotswold (88 Papanui Road), Christchurch
$50 (inc GST)  - Refreshments included
1 - 4:30pm
Registration: 12:30


Thursday 23rd October
4B06 (above the Library between Blocks 4 and 5), Massey University, Wellington, 6021
$50 (inc GST)  - Refreshments included
2 - 5:30pm
Registration: 1:30pm

Sessions do NOT run concurrently so you will have the opportunity of attending all of the presentations.

Short on Sunshine — the implications of poor vitamin D status on pregnancy and lactation

Dr Carol Wagner MD, Medical University of South Carolina, USA (Online seminar)

As an academic neonatologist for more than 20 years, Carol Wagner has had the opportunity to be involved in basic science, translational and clinical studies. Carol moved to Medical University of South Carolina in 1992 after completing her fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine. There, she focused her studies on the effect of human milk on gut maturation and permeability in preterm infants. Subsequently, her team undertook a series of ground-breaking pilot studies to ascertain the vitamin D requirements of lactating women and their infants.

Carol is currently the PI of a follow-up study of the original pregnancy cohort funded by the Thrasher Research Fund with the objective of better understanding the long-term effects of foetal vitamin D status on later development, growth and immune function and of a Kellogg Foundation pregnancy vitamin D project whose goal is to improve health outcomes of pregnant women through vitamin D supplementation.

 Signs and symptoms of vitamin D deficiency – how to spot the invisible clues

Dr Annie Judkins, General Practitioner, Wellington

Dr Annie Judkins has been a GP in Wellington for nearly 13 years with an interest in Vitamin D since diagnosing 3 cases of rickets in one month in 2003. Prior to primary care, Annie worked in Paediatric Hospital Medicine from 1994-2001.

Annie is a GP Educator for GPEP1 registrars, the GP member of the Paediatric Society Eczema Clinical Reference Group and the Wellington Regional Child Mortality Review Group. In an attempt to decrease the incidence of rickets in her community, she investigated the incidence of Vitamin D deficiency in pregnancy in 2005-6 in women presenting to the practice with a positive pregnancy test. Annie was involved in the MOH Consensus Statement on Vitamin D in pregnancy and infancy. 

In her spare time Annie plays the piano and ukelele (badly) and her garden is, apparently, a shambles.

 Beyond rickets – what is the evidence for vitamin D in health and disease

Dr Pamela Von Hurst, Co-director Vitamin D Research Centre, Massey University

Dr Pamela Von Hurst is a senior lecturer in Human Nutrition at Massey University. She is also an internationally recognised researcher in vitamin D, and co-director of the Massey University Vitamin D Research Centre.

Together with her colleague, Dr Cath Conlon, Pam is a founder of PIFaN and co-organiser of the Massey Nutrition Symposia Series. She is principal investigator (PI) of an HRC-funded study looking at factors affecting vitamin D status in 1330 New Zealand pre-schoolers, and about to start a large supplementation trial in children with autism.

Pam is currently supervising post-graduate students in a diverse range of nutrition and health research projects, and is passionate about seeing scientific research translated into practice.

The New Zealand situation – status, supplements, fortification and what about breast milk?

Dr Cath Conlon, Lecturer, Massey University

Currently Cath lectures in maternal and paediatric nutrition at Massey University, she originally trained as a paediatric nurse in the UK. Cath is the co-director the Paediatric and Infant Feeding and Nutrition (PiFan) centre and specialises in the nutrition of preterm babies and feeding issues in children.

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