Vitamin D has gotten a lot of press in recent years, and AACE is bringing the “Legend” who has literally written the book on the subject to this year’s Scientific & Clinical Congress.
Michael F. Holick, PhD, MD, has made numerous contributions to the field of the biochemistry, physiology, metabolism, and photobiology of vitamin D for human nutrition. He will share his expertise in a “Meet the Legends” session at 4:45 pm Saturday.
Dr. Holick, who is Professor of Medicine, Physiology and Biophysics, Director of the General Clinical Research Unit, Director of the Bone Health Care Clinic and Director of the Heliotherapy, Light, and Skin Research Center at Boston University Medical Center, has established global recommendations advising sunlight exposure as an integral source of vitamin D. He has also helped increase awareness in the pediatric and medical communities regarding vitamin D deficiency pandemic, and its role in causing not only metabolic bone disease, and osteoporosis in adults, but increasing risk of children and adults developing preeclampsia, common deadly cancers, schizophrenia, infectious diseases including TB and influenza, autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes and multiple sclerosis, type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
As a graduate student, Dr. Holick was the first to identify the major circulating form of vitamin D in human blood as 25-hydroxyvitamin D3, and then isolated and identified the active form of vitamin D as 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the General Clinical Research Centers Program Award for Excellence in Clinical Research from NIH, American College of Nutrition’s Communication Media Award, Best Docs in America, the Linus Pauling Functional Medicine Award from the Institute for Functional Medicine and the Linus Pauling Prize for Human Nutrition. His book “The Vitamin D Solution” remains a top seller in the field.
Session Notes: S73: Meet the Legend: Agony and Ecstasy of Translational Medicine in Vitamin D from a Historical Perspective 4:45 pm Saturday in Room 311 Vin Tangpricha, MD, will serve as moderator.