We are happy to announce our invited speakers below. The list will be updated continuously.
Dr. Lykkesfeldt earned his MSc degree in organic chemistry in 1989 and his PhD degree in biochemistry in 1992. In 2005, he received his DrMedSc degree for a thesis on the effect of smoking on vitamin C status. He spent 6 yrs as postdoc at University of Copenhagen and University of California, Berkeley. In 1998, he became principal investigator and associate professor University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He was appointed professor and chair in pharmacology and toxicology in 2008 at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, which is his current position. Dr. Lykkesfeldt’s research interests include the roles of oxidative stress and antioxidants in early development, chronic diseases and aging, in particular that of vitamin C, and has resulted in >100 articles on vitamin C alone. In 2008, he received the Catherine Pasquiere award from the Society for Free Radical Research, Europe, for his work on vitamin C.
Professor Smith is Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. He has spent his entire academic career in the University of Oxford, graduating from Christ Church in 1963. He was awarded the Gaddum prize medal of the British Pharmacological Society in 1979. He was founding Chief Editor of Neuroscience for 25 years from 1976. From 1984-2005 he was Chair and Head of Pharmacology at Oxford. He was Founding Director (1985) of the MRC Anatomical Neuropharmacology Unit. In 1988 he co-founded the Oxford Project to Investigate Memory and Aging (OPTIMA). He was Deputy-Head (Vice-Dean) of the Division of Medical Sciences at Oxford from 2000-2005. He has honorary doctorates from the Universities of Szeged and Lund and is a member of the Hungarian and Norwegian Academies of Science. In 2000 he was elected Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences, UK. In 2006 he was made the first Honorary Research Fellow of Alzheimer’s Research UK, after serving as the first Chair of their Scientific Advisory Board.
Allan Linneberg is professor of Epidemiology at the University of Copenhagen and director of Center for Clinical Research and Disease Prevention, Bispebjerg Hospital. Prof Linneberg has a long career within population-based and clinical epidemiology aiming to identify risk factors for common chronic diseases such as respiratory diseases, cardiovascular diseases, and diabetes. He has a longstanding interest in epidemiological studies of health effects of micronutrients, e.g. vitamins, salt, and iodine; and is co-author of the chapter on Vitamin K for the on-going update of the Nordic Nutritional Recommendations 2022 (NNR2022).
Anders is the compiler of the Danish Food Composition Database. Before moving to the National Food Institute, Anders worked in the fields of chemoinformatics, computational chemistry and medicinal chemistry in pharma and biotech industry in Denmark and Singapore.
Prof. Hewison is currently Professor of Molecular Endocrinology within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR) at the University of Birmingham, UK, having worked from 2005 – 2014 at the University of California Los Angeles. Prof. Hewison’s main research interest is vitamin D and its importance to human health. He has published over 250 research papers on classical (skeletal) and non-classical (extra-skeletal) actions of vitamin D. Prof. Hewison’s group is at the forefront of research linking vitamin D and the immune system, with implications for a wide range of clinical disorders including infectious, inflammatory and autoimmune disease. The Hewison group has also pioneered a range of studies to explore alternative markers of vitamin D ‘status’. This includes development of novel technology to measure multiple metabolites of vitamin D – the vitamin D metabolome – and analysis of the role of the serum vitamin D binding protein as a determinant of vitamin D bioavailability within the immune system. Prof. Hewison is a recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship. His research is supported by grants from the Medical Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK), and the National Institutes of Health (USA).
Dr. Luisa Cimmino is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine. She received a BSc (Hons) from the University of Melbourne, Australia, and a PhD from Columbia University in New York City followed by post-doctoral training at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute in Melbourne and at the NYU School of Medicine. Her research aims to elucidate how epigenetic dysregulation, such as aberrant DNA methylation, drives hematological malignancy, and how these alterations impart vulnerabilities that can be targeted for therapeutic intervention.
Assoc Prof Anitra Carr is Director of the Nutrition in Medicine Research Group in the Department of Pathology & Biomedical Science, at the University of Otago Christchurch Medical School, New Zealand. Dr Carr is considered an international key opinion leader on the role of vitamin C in human health and disease. Following a PhD at the University of Otago, Christchurch, Dr Carr was awarded an American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship to carry out research into vitamin C and cardiovascular disease at the Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State University, USA. Whilst there she produced a number of high impact publications, one of which was used by the US Food and Nutrition Board of the Institute of Medicine as a basis for their increase of the recommended dietary intake for vitamin C. After returning to the University of Otago, Christchurch, Dr Carr managed human intervention studies investigating the bioavailability and health effects of vitamin C. She was awarded a Health Research Council Fellowship to investigate the role of vitamin C in severe infection, specifically pneumonia and sepsis and recently received a Gold Medal for research excellence. She is currently carrying out translational ‘bench to bedside’ research into the role of vitamin C in acute and chronic diseases such as infection, cancer and diabetes. She hopes to not only elucidate the underlying mechanisms of action, but also improve the outcomes of people with these conditions.
Full Professor of Biochemistry, University of Eastern Finland (since 01.10.2000)
Visiting Professor at the Department of Nutrition, University of Oslo (since 01.08.2021)
Education and training
10.12.1981 Abitur at the “Gymnasium an der Bördestraße” in Bremen (Germany)
1982-85 study of physics at the Free University Berlin (Germany)
1982-87 study of biochemistry at the Free University Berlin (Germany)
1986 training at the Max-Planck-Institute for Biochemistry, Munich (Germany)
26.06.1987 diploma in biochemistry (receiving the title „Diplom-Biochemiker“ = MSc)
19.07.1989 PhD thesis exam (receiving the title „Dr rer nat“) at the Free University Berlin
Susanne Bügel graduated from University of southern Denmark in 1990 and got her Phd from the same university in 1994. SB is today professor in Human Nutrition at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports at University of Copenhagen. She works with nutrition in human health, primarily performing randomized controlled human interventions. The areas of expertise include micronutrients: vitamins and minerals for optimal health, including bone and cardiovascular risk, primary food production and effects of processing. Sb has been responsible for short-term fully controlled dietary interventions aimed at determining bioavailability of primary and secondary nutrients from organic vs conventional produced foods. SB is board member of “Food Quality and Health” (FQH) and has contributed to a number of consensus papers regarding organic foods.
Prof. Galli is Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Pharmacology. Is current position is Associate professor of Dietetics and Nutrition, and group leader and coordinator of the micronutrient vitamins and lipidomics lab at the Dept. of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Perugia, Italy. He is currently serving this University as Vice Provost for Technology Transfer in the Life Sciences and Agro-food area.
From 1995 he published more than 220 original articles, review papers and book chapters (Google Scholar HI = 56, Scopus publication record = 196 products and HI = 47).
He is member of the Editorial Board of top-ranking journals in the area of biochemistry, nutrition and clinical medicine.
Prof. Galli is an expert of human nutrition and nutrigenomics; main scientific interests include the study of lipid metabolism, fat-soluble vitamins, lipid peroxidation and lipotoxicity processes, as well as of the metabolism and detoxification function of cellular thiols. These topics have been investigated in human ailments including kidney disease, obesity and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.
Jette Jakobsen is a Senior Researcher in the Research Group for Bioactive Compounds - Analysis and Application at the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark (DTU Food). For more than 30 years, Jette Jakobsen has been part of the international community for the analysis of vitamins in food. The vitamins for her research focus on those that are analytically a challenge to quantify and where there is a lack of knowledge to calculate a reliable dietary intake. This applies to e.g. Vitamin D, Vitamin K and folate. Her research projects are often in collaboration with researchers in human nutrition, animal science and industry in an attempt to contribute to our understanding of the potential for biofortification of vitamins in food, stability of the vitamins, the activity of each of the specific vitamin-active compounds, and storage capacity in mammals and humans. Jette established IVC in collaboration with colleagues and has chaired steering and scientific committees since 2009.
Peter Van Dael
Peter Van Dael obtained his PhD in food chemistry from the University of Antwerp, Belgium for his research on the selenium distribution in human and cow milk. Peter’s professional focus has been mainly in the field of infant nutrition from scientific research over project management to regulatory and nutrition science. Peter joined DSM Nutritional Products Ltd. in August 2017 as head of Nutrition Science & Advocacy (Kaiseraugst, Switzerland). Prior to joining DSM he worked for Nestlé (Switzerland), Royal Numico (France) and most recently for Mead Johnson Nutrition (USA). He also holds a M.S. in Human Nutrition from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland and an MBA from Economical High School Antwerp, Belgium.
Over the past 15 years Peter has been engaged in international nutrition and regulatory activities related to early life nutrition. He is a member of ESPGHAN1 and is a board member of ILSI Europe2, EU SFI3 and the Korean Nutrition Society. Peter strongly believes in public private partnerships to ensure meaningful nutritional solutions and appropriate food regulations ensure the growing world population has access to safe and nutritious foods and food ingredients.
In his role at DSM Peter focuses on the translation of nutrition science and scientific data to develop and support nutritional solutions and to support the broader global nutrition and health agenda. To this aim Peter and his team engage with internal and external science stakeholders to develop scientific substantiation and support documents that can be used to communicate and advocate with all stakeholders regarding the key role nutrition and nutritional solutions play to support adequate nutrition across all ages and continents, and subsequently sustain a global health agenda.
1 ESPGHAN = European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
2 ILSI Europe = The International Life Sciences Institute Europe
3 EU SFI = EU Specialty Food Ingredients
Albert Flynn, is Professor Emeritus in Nutrition at University College, Cork. He has published widely on human nutrition, public health and food safety risk assessment, food fortification and risk benefit assessment of nutrients. He has extensive experience in providing scientific advice to national and EU government agencies on food policy and regulation related to human nutrition and food safety. He has served as a member of the European Food Safety Authority's Scientific Committee and as Chair of its Panel for Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (2003-12), as a member of the Scientific Committee on Food of the European Commission (1997-2003), and as Chair of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland's Scientific Committee (2003-20).
Basil Mathioudakis studied Biochemistry and then Human Nutrition in London University. He was an official of the European Commission (EC) of the European Union from 1982 to 2015. During the whole of his career Mr Mathioudakis has worked on food legislation and nutrition covering a variety of dossiers including General Food law, foods for specific groups (foods for infants and young children, foods for special medical purposes, foods for weight control), food supplements, nutrition labelling, addition of vitamins and minerals to foods, food information for consumers and nutrition and health claims. In 2005, he became head of the Unit responsible for these subjects in the Directorate-General for Health and Consumers. He chaired the Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed, Section General Food Law (2005-2015).
He was head of delegation of the European Union in the Codex Alimentarius Committees on Nutrition and Foods for Special Dietary Uses and on Food Labelling.
As a consultant, since he retired, Mr Mathioudakis has used his knowledge and experience in training programs of government officials and advisory work in the ASEAN countries, India, China, Japan, the Gulf States,Turkey, S. Korea and others, funded by the EC, the World Health Organisation, the GSO and for advising private stakeholders worldwide.
Emmanuelle REBOUL PhD, is Head of the research axis “Bioavailability of Micronutrients” in the “Human Micronutrition” team of the “Cardiovascular and Nutrition Center of Marseille, France.
Dr. Emmanuelle Reboul received an Engineer diploma in Nutrition and Food Sciences from Agrosup Dijon, France in 2002. During her master degree and PhD thesis in the INSERM* laboratory “Human Nutrition and Lipids” in Marseille, France, she studied carotenoid, vitamin A and E intestinal absorption. She then joined the working group of Dr. R.S. Molday in 2006 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada to work on ATP transporter molecular functioning. Back to Marseille, France since the end of 2008 in the “Nutrition, Obesity and Risk of Thrombosis” laboratory as a permanent INRAE** Researcher, she currently focuses on fat-soluble micronutrient intestinal absorption and membrane transport. She also works on fat-soluble micronutrient bioavailability in the context of a transition to a more sustainable diet.
* French National Institute of Health and Medical Research
** French National Institute for Agriculture, Food and Environment Research
Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research, School of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland. Professor Kevin Cashman, B.Sc., Ph.D, D.Sc., is the Endowed Chair of Food and Health at University College Cork (UCC), a joint position between the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Medicine at UCC. He is also a joint director of the Cork Centre for Vitamin D and Nutrition Research at UCC. Professor Cashman’s current research interests focus on a number of key public health areas in relation to vitamin D and vitamin K as well as diet and bone health. He has around 200 publications; he was awarded a DSc for published work in 2020. Professor Cashman is currently a member of the FAO-WHO expert group on nutrient requirements for infants and young children aged 0-36 months and the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland. He has previously served as a member of expert committees and working groups, such as the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition working group on vitamin D.
Mary Ward is a registered dietitian and a Professor of Nutrition and Dietetics at the Nutrition Innovation Centre for Food and Health (NICHE) within the School of Biomedical Sciences at Ulster University, Northern Ireland where she is actively involved in research and teaching. Her research is focused on micronutrients, particularly B-vitamins involved in one-carbon metabolism and their role in disease prevention across the lifecycle. A particular interest is the interaction between B-vitamins and the MTHFR enzyme in folate metabolism which has led to the novel discovery that vitamin B2 (riboflavin) appears to be an important modulator of BP in certain individuals. She leads an active research program at Ulster, where she heads up the Nutrition and Vascular Unit and has vast experience of leading human intervention trials in healthy and patient cohorts. She has published extensively in top-ranked journals across several disciplines and has attracted significant external funding from government agencies in the UK and Ireland, the EU, Charities and Industry. Mary is currently Deputy Director of the Wellcome Trust-Wolfson Northern Ireland Clinical Research Facility, she sits on the Scientific Committee of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and is a former Chair of the Irish Section of the Nutrition Society https://pure.ulster.ac.uk/en/persons/mary-ward.
Inge Tetens is professor in nutrition and ageing at the Department of Nutrition, Exercise and Sports, Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen where she conducts research on the relationship between foods, nutrients, dietary patterns, and maintenance of health in ageing subjects. Her focus is on sustainable diets in a preventive perspective. Her teaching at different academic levels addresses the methodology of studies in human nutrition and the understanding of the physiological role and health impact of nutrients, foods or whole diets on risk markers of NCDs and well-being.
Inge Tetens has extensive experience in nutrition risk assessment. She was member of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Nutrition Panel 2007-2015, of the working groups on Health Claims and Dietary Reference Values (2007-2015). From 2012 to 2015 she was responsible for running the Nutrition Risk Assessment Course as part of the EU program: “Better training for Safer Foods”.
Inge Tetens has served as member of the working group behind the Nordic Nutrition Recommendations, NNR2012 (2009-2014), and she chaired the Danish expert group on the scientific evidence behind the Danish food based dietary guidelines (FBDG (2012-2014). Currently, she is involved in the FENS task force on FBDG and trust in the nutritional.
Ralph Green, MD, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in Pathology and Medicine at the University of California, Davis. The overarching theme of his research has focused on the role of micronutrients in the maintenance of normal health, and how insufficiency, excess or perturbed function of these nutrients and their pathways contribute to the pathogenesis and manifestations of disease. A major focus of his work has been the assessment of micronutrient status in a variety of acquired and genetic diseases. In a career spanning almost five decades, he has carried out research on various aspects of vitamin and mineral micronutrient deficiencies in both privileged and economically disadvantaged communities. Studies from his laboratory in animal models and humans have led to over 200 original scientific publications. These include studies related to micronutrient metabolism and associated issues in patients with developmental and degenerative neurological disorders, including neural tube defects, Parkinson’s Disease, Alzheimer Disease, and population studies on elderly subjects related to their declining neurocognitive status. As a keynote speaker at the last International Vitamin Conference in Copenhagen, Dr Green reported his novel findings on vitamin B12 in Parkinson’s Disease. Dr Green served on the FDA and CDC Committees that first recommended folic acid fortification of the US diet to prevent neural tube defects. He also served on the US National Academy of Medicine Committee to define recommended daily intake and safe upper levels of the B-vitamins including folate and most recently served as a panelist on an NIH-sponsored workshop on the possible deleterious consequences of excessive folic acid intake or folate in association with B12 deficiency. Dr Green has received numerous awards and was selected as a member of the Class of Fellows of the American Society of Nutrition in 2021. In a recent interview, Dr Green stated: “My attraction to working in the field of nutrition and nutritional pathology rests in my conviction that of all the categories of human disease, none is more amenable to prevention and correction than is disease caused by nutritional deficiency or excess, and that the elucidation of nutrient-dependent pathways can shed important light on the underlying mechanisms of major degenerative diseases including cardiovascular, neurological, hematological, developmental, and neoplastic disorders. I am motivated by the idea that it may be possible to ameliorate disease progression through intervention using safe, inexpensive and prudent micronutrient supplementation while avoiding potentially harmful excesses of these nutrients.”