21 September - Tuesday evening
19:00 - Pre-registration and Get-together at IDA, Free beverages

22 September - Wednesday

10:00 - Welcome and hello to all virtual participants

Henning Høgh Jensen, Technical University of Denmark (DTU), Denmark

SESSION 1: The complicated world of vitamins chaired by Susanne Bügel and Inge Tetens

We start the session by calling some of the virtual participants

10:15 - Why vitamin research is important in 2021

Speaker: Prof. Mary Ward, Ulster University, Northern Ireland


10:45 - Approaches for setting Dietary Reference Values for vitamins

Speaker: Prof. Inge Tetens University of Copenhagen, Denmark


11:15 - The safety of high folic acid when vitamin B12 is deficient

Speaker: Prof. Ralph Green, University of California, US


11:45 - Partial replacement of animal protein with plant protein changes dietary intakes of niacin, riboflavin, and vitamins E and K in a 12-week randomised controlled trial among healthy adults

Speaker: Anne-Maria Pajari, University of Helsinki, Finland


12:00 - Lunch

SESSION 2: Vitamin C in health and disease chaired by Jens Lykkesfeldt and Gry Freja Skovsted

13:00 - Optimal intake vs RDA: Present status for vitamin C

Speaker: Prof. Jens Lykkesfeldt, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


13:30 - Vitamin C in disease: therapeutic relevance by Assoc.

Speaker: Prof. Anitra Carr, University of Otago, New Zealand


14:00 - Enhancing TET Function with Vitamin C as a therapeutic strategy in leukemia

Speaker: Ass. Prof. Luisa Cimmino, University of Miami Health System, USA


14:30 - Plausibility and feasibility of intravenous high-dose vitamin C in Long COVID Fatigue – based on a Systematic Review of IV Vitamin C on Fatigue

Speaker: Claudia Vollbracht, Pascoe pharmazeutische Präparate Gmb, Germany


14:45 - Vitamin C deficiency impairs coronary artery vasoconstrictor responses and smooth muscle cell dynamic

Speaker: Gry Freja Skovsted, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


15:00 - Coffee break


15:15-15:40 - Platinum sponsored talk - High-dose vitamin C in BRAF inhibitor resistant melanoma cells in vitro and in vivo & From molecule to an approved an authorised product 

Pascoe pharmazeutische Präparate GmbH                 


SESSION: Setting of upper levels for micronutrients in food supplements and fortified foods: Can we manage harmomised upper levels? - Sponsored by DSM

Chaired by Prof. Manfred Eggersdorfer, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands


15:45 - Upper levels for food supplements and fortified foods: Science-based approach is needed to harmonize safe and nutritious ways to optimize nutrient requirements

Speaker: Dr. Peter Van Dael, DSM, Kaiseraugst, Switzerland


16:05 - Science-based risk assessment model is key to define relevant upper nutrient levels

Speaker: Prof. Albert Flynn, University College Cork, Ireland


16:25 - Management of upper nutrient levels: Insights and ways forward – EC approach

Speaker: Basil Mathioudakis (former head of EC Food Law Unit, Brussels, Belgium)


16:45-17:15 - Questions and panel discussion moderated by Manfred Eggersdorfer


18:45-22:00 - Conference dinner

23 September - Thursday

SESSION 3: Interaction vitamins and other bioactive compounds chaired by Manfred Eggersdorfer and Jette Jakobsen


We start the session by calling some of the virtual participants


09:00 - The impact of the nutritional epigenetics at the example of vitamin D.

Speaker: Prof. Carsten Carlberg, University of Eastern Finland, Finland


09:30 - Interactive effect of B vitamins with omega-3 fatty acids on cognitive function

Speaker: Prof. David Smith, Oxford, UK


10:00 - Coffee


10:30 - Possible role of vitamins A and E as an epigenetic modulators

Speaker: Agnieszka Siomek-Górecka, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland


10:45 - Saturation Transfer Difference- Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (STD- NMR) as a tool for predicting the association between Vitamin B12 and proteins in foods and potential bioavailability

Speaker: Ruchira Ghosh, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia


11:00 - Homocysteine is reduced and folate elevated following a 6-month supplementation in haemodialysis patient

Speaker: Mary Hannon Fletcher, Ulster University, United Kingdom


11:15 - Platinum sponsored talk - Providing the right vitamins to the right people at the right time

Speaker: BASF - Ute Obermueller-Jevic and Christine Haupt


11:40 - Lunch

SESSION 4: Vitamins in foods - Content and bioaccessibility chaired by Vieno Piironen and Eystein Oveland


12:50 - Content of fat-soluble vitamins in foods versus bioavailable part

Speaker: Emmanuelle Reboul, INRA, Aix-Marseille University, Marseille, France


13:20 - Use of Vitamin databases in research – opportunities and limitation

Speaker: Anders Poulsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


13:50 - Analysis of α‑tocopherol stereoisomers in infant formula by chiral chromatography

Speaker: Brendon Gill, Fonterra Co-operative Group, New Zealand


14:05 - Bio-accessibility of Vitamin K1- Standardised gut simulation for assessing absorption

Speaker: Andrea Talbot, Agricure Scientific Organics, University of Sydney, Braemar, NSW, Australia


14:20 - Bioaccessibility of vitamin K (phylloquinone and menaquinones) in food and supplements

Speaker: Marie Bagge Jensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


14:35 - Coffee


15:00 - Design of a human study with intrinsically labeled 15 N Folate

Speaker: Nadine Weber, Technical University of Munich, Germany


15:15 - Folate stability in nuts and seeds during roasting and cooking

Speaker: Petra Ložnjak Švarc, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


15:30 - Development of stable isotope dilution assays for the analysis of four naturally occurring cobalamins in foods

Speaker: Mengle Wang, Technical University of Munich, Germany


15:45 - In vitro bioaccessibility of naturally fortified vitamin B12 in food products

Speaker: Bhawani Chamlagain, University of Helsinki, Finland


18:00-22:00 - Poster session at conference facility incl. meal and beverages combined with poster presentation online. 


18:35-19:35 - Poster session 1 – Complicated world of vitamins and other topics chaired by Jens Lykkesfeldt

Vitamin C and its connections to DNA demethylation in breast carcinogenesis

Speaker: Justyna Szpotan, Institute of Biology, Faculty of Biological and Veterinary Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus University, Toruń, Poland, Poland


Human gut microbial strains produce Vitamin B12

Speaker: Palni Kundra, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Determination of vitamin B12 in biofortified bread and biological matrices using LC/ESI-MS/MS

Speaker: Lu Gao, University of applied sciences Fulda, Germany


Application of Hybrid Organic-Inorganic Surface Technology to Enhance the Performance of B-group Vitamin Analysis by UPLC-ESI-MS/MS

Speaker: Jinchuan Yang, Waters, United States


Triglycerides type and amount in emulsions modulate fat-soluble vitamin absorption in mice

Speaker: Asma EL Aoud, C2VN, France


Multiple Micronutrient Deficiencies in the State of Palestine: Implications for public health nutrition policies and actions

Speaker: Masako Horino, United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East/Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Jordan


Partial replacement of red and processed meat with legumes – changes in vitamin intakes and achievement of nutrition recommendations on the population level

Speaker: Niina E. Kaartinen, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland


Vitamin A perinatal deficiency induces modulation in vitamin A absorption rate and alters lipid absorption in both female and male young rats

Speaker: Tiffany Antoine, Centre de Recherche en CardioVasculaire et Nutrition (C2VN), France

19:40-20:40 - Poster session 2 – Vitamin in foods – content and bioaccessibility chaired by Jette Jakobsen and Vieno Piironen


Validation of an improved stable isotope dilution assay for folates and its application to Brazilian plants as non-conventional foods

Speaker: Lisa Obermaier, Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany


The stability of folates during in vitro digestion: with and without food matrices

Speaker: Fengyuan Liu, University of Helsinki, Finland


New NMKL method: Quantification of total folate content in food by six folate vitamers using LC-ESI-MS/MS

Speaker: Petra Loznjak Svarc, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


UHPLC-MS/MS determination of total folate by quantification of 6 vitamers - current challenges

Speaker: EysteinOveland, Institute of Marine Research, Norway


Insects as a new potential folate source

Speaker: Nadine Weber, Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany


Folate and tocols in legume-based protein ingredients

Speaker: Minnamari Edelmann, University of Helsinki, Finland


Vitamin K (phylloquinone and menaquinones) in foods – expansion of an existing method for quantification of a broad range of menaquinones

Speaker: Marie Bagge Jensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Inter-day variances of vitamin K metabolites in subjects without supplements

Speaker: Andreas Meinitzer, Medical University of Graz, Austria, Austria


Content and bioaccessibility of vitamin K (phylloquinone and menaquinones) in cheese

Speaker: Marie Bagge Jensen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Lutein and Zeaxanthin contents of selected Australian vegetables

Speaker: Kingsley Kalu, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, Australia


UVB exposed pork cracklings with reduced content of fat and high content of vitamin D

Speaker: Petra Loznjak Svarc, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

20:45-21:45 - Poster session 3 – Vitamin D and Vitamin K – and other topics chaired by Susanne Bügel

Effects of vitamin K2 supplementation on cardiovascular, metabolic, and bone health in the general population – a study protocol of a randomized controlled trial (The InterVitaminK Trial)

Speaker: Freja Bach Kampmann, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention, Denmark


Functional vitamin K status in a cohort of type 1 diabetes patients

Speaker: Sanne Marie Thysen, Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, Denmark


Vitamin K2 as necessary nutrient to support the function of vitamin D and decrease D toxicity.

Speaker: Katarzyna Maresz, International Science & Health Foundation, Poland


Role of endogenous vitamin MK-4 in the pharmacological action of exogenous vitamins K

Speaker: Anna Kieronska-Rudek, Jagiellonian Centre for Experimental Therapeutics (JCET), Jagiellonian University, Poland


Vitamin D intakes are low in the Australian population

Speaker: Eleanor Dunlop, Curtin University, Australia


A review of vitamin D status in Nordic countries: a reason for concern?

Speaker: Maaike Bruins, DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland


Vitamin D deficiency in rats induce ER stress in skeletal muscle

Speaker: Ramesh Gogulothu, National Institute of Nutrition, India


Serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D and its associations with biochemical parameters and clinical outcomes in Bulgarian patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection

Speaker: Sevda Mileva, Medical Military Academy - Naval Hospital, Varna, Bulgaria, Bulgaria


Assessment of vitamin D metabolites and clinical outcome in hospitalized COVID-19 patients

Speaker: Sieglinde Zelzer, Clinical Institute of Medical and Chemical Laboratory Diagnostics, Austria


Optimisation of iron status among persons living with Type-2 diabetes using a common-bean noodle product in Makueni County, Kenya.

Speaker: Linet Mutwiri, KU Leuven, Belgium


Nutrient intakes from the Dutch diet and contribution of fortification and supplementation

Speaker: Maaike Bruins, DSM Nutritional Products, Switzerland

24 September - Friday

SESSION 5: Vitamin D – looking back and forward - studying a single nutrient chaired by Jette Jakobsen and Petra Ložnjak Švarc


We start the session by calling some of the virtual participants


09:00 - Recent results from long-term vitamin D intervention studies and what did we learn the last 20 years

Speaker: Prof. Kevin Cashman, University of College Cork, Ireland


09:30 - Vitamin D and immunity – not fully explained?

Speaker: Prof. Martin Hewison, University of Birmingham, UK


10:00 - Bioavailability of vitamin D biofortified pork meat: results of an acute human crossover study

Speaker: Holly Neill, Ulster University, Northern Ireland


10:15 - Validation and determination of 25(OH) vitamin D and 3-epi 25(OH)D3 in breastmilk and maternal- and infant plasma during breastfeeding

Speaker: Jennifer Gjerde, Institute of Marine Research, Norway


10:15 - Coffee break


10:45 - Aging reduces, while vitamin D and exercise increase, the activity of natural killer cells in a gender-specific manner

Speaker: Sooyeon Oh, CHA University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea


11:00 - Platinum sponsored talk - Role of nutritional status for a well-functioning immune system

Speaker: DSM by Manfred Eggersdorfer


11:25 - Lunch


SESSION 6: Emerging new topics chaired by Susanne Bügel and Allan Linneberg


12:30 - Vitamins and the microbiota - NOTE THIS PRESENTATION IS CANCELLED

Speaker: Prof. Francesco Galli, University of Perugia, Italy


13:00 - Vitamin K beyond coagulation

Speaker: Prof. Allan Linneberg, Center for Clinical Research and Disease Prevention, Frederiksberg, Denmark


13:30 - Uncarboxylated Matrix Gla-Protein: A Biomarker of Vitamin K Status and Cardiovascular Risk

Speaker: Torkil Jespersen, Center for Clinical Research and Prevention Frederiksberg, Denmark


13:45 - Effect of vitamin K on arterial calcification and bone mineral density in patients on dialysis

Speaker: Karin Levy-Schousboe, Zealand University Hospital, Roskilde, Denmark


14:00 - Coffee


14:15 - Platinum sponsored talk - The role of vitamin K in COVID-19

Speaker: Kappa Bioscience AS by Margot Visser




14:40 – Summary, Awards for young scientist, Interaction with all participants (online and in CPH), and finally Announcement of 7th International Vitamin Conference by Jette Jakobsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


15:15 – End of conference