VITAMIN D SYMPOSIUM 2022 - Role of Vitamin D in Early Life

Sep 19 - Sep 20, 2022

VITAMIN D SYMPOSIUM 2022 - Role of Vitamin D in Early Life

Sep 19 - 20, 2022


This symposium will highlight the role, trends and way forward in the area of vitamin D research. It shall attempt to highlight key messages that can be translated into quality research to bridge the existing lacunae. 

Programme Details

This symposium will take place in hybrid-mode where speakers/delegates shall be participating off-line as well as online. Off-line attendance is permitted only for faculty/students/staff of St. John’s National Academy of Health Sciences. All others may join us through registering on the link given: HERE


Day 1


Welcome & Introduction


Session 1: Current global evidence on vitamin D requirements pre-pregnancy, during pregnancy, during lactation, and in early life.



  • Prof. Pratap Kumar (KMC, Manipal)
  • Prof. Martin Hewison (University of Birmingham)
  • Prof. Shobha Gudi (St. Philomena’s Hospital)
  • Prof. Suman Rao (St. John’s Medical College Hospital)

Session 2: Vitamin D as Biomarker: Horizon to expand



  • Prof. Vandana Jain (AIIMS)
  • Dr. C. S. Yajnik (KEM Hospital) 
  • Dr. Carol Wagner (MUSC)


Round Table Discussion

Chairs: Prof. Suman Rao and Prof. Catherine Hawrylowicz


Day 2


Session 3: Global Challenges Research Funds (GCRF-UKRI): study design and ancillary investigations - where we stand.



  • Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath (SJRI)
  • Prof. Catherine Hawrylowicz (KCL)
  • Prof. Annapurna Vyakarnam (SJRI & KCL)

Session 4: Important issues from studies and addressing the lessons learnt



  • Prof. Scott Weiss (Harvard University)
  • Dr. Bhanuprakash Reddy (ICMR-NIN)
  • Prof. Colin Smith (University of Surrey)

Round Table Discussion

Chairs: Dr. C. S. Yajnik and Dr. Bhanuprakash Reddy



  • Dr. Geeta Trilok-Kumar (Director IHE)
  • Dr. Sadhana Joshi (Nutritional Medicine Division, Bhartiya Vidhyapeeth)
  • Dr. Annamma Thomas (SJMCH)
  • Dr. Mary Dias (Vice Dean Allied Health Science, SJRI)
  • Prof. Anura V. Kurpad (SJRI)



Dr. Pratibha Dwarkanath

Associate Professor, 

Division of Nutrition, 

St. John’s Research Institute 

Prof. Catherine Hawrylowicz

Professor of Immune Regulation in Allergic Disease, 

Head, Peter Gorer, 

Department of Immunobiology, King’s College London

For further details contact:

Nandini Chopra (Coordinator ) & Guru Prasad (Coordinator):