In October 20-21, 2017, the Ukrainian-Belarusian International Conference ‘Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in the clinical practice’ was held in Chernygiv under the aegis of the Ukrainian EVIDAS Chapter.
The conference was opened by Prof. P. Pludowski, President of EVIDAS (Poland) and Prof. Vladyslav Povoroznyuk, President of the Ukrainian EVIDAS Chapter (Ukraine), greeting the participants and reporting on the current status of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency across the world. The conferences, featuring leading experts who speak on the mechanisms of development and clinical signs of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency and share their long-term practical experience, providing the most recent recommendations on these conditions’ correction, prove to be highlights for the physicians of various fields.
In this case, it was the leading experts from Ukraine, Poland and Belarus speaking on the subject. Besides the Ukrainian scientists and practitioners, 30 experts from Belarus participated in the conference.
The conference proceedings were very interesting and informative. The lectures by the national and international experts who spoke on the status of the problem in Europe, comparing it to the Vitamin D deficiency’s prevalence indices across the world, were especially topical as the majority of global population registers suboptimal levels of Vitamin D.
Prof. P. Pludowski, President of EVIDAS (Poland), reported on ‘Vitamin D and its importance for the human organism: EU status’ presented the Vitamin D deficiency’s prevalence indices across the world, and also presented guidelines of treatment and prophylaxis of Vitamin D deficiency in the Central European population; recommended Vitamin D supplement dosages for the healthy populations and risk groups.
Prof. Vladyslav Volodymyrovych Povoroznyuk, President of the Ukrainian EVIDAS Chapter (Ukraine), spoke on the results of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency studies in Ukraine, performed by the Ukrainian Scientific Center of Osteoporosis Problems (Kyiv, Ukraine) in 2015-2017. He also focused on the principal directions and prospects of the Ukrainian EVIDAS Chapter’s activities.
It is well known today that Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency do not only have negative effect on bone and muscular system but they also serve as risk factors for the acute and chronic diseases, namely of the autoimmune, cardiovascular, neurological, endocrine nature etc.
Prof. A.G. Moysyeyonok (Belarus) drew the participants’ attention to the fact that Vitamin D deficiency is alleviated by the use of fortified nutritional products based on the functionally interconnected vitamins in order to prevent the emergency outcomes and non-infectious disease risk.
Prof. M.M. Velykyy (Ukraine) outlined the molecular and cellular mechanisms of Vitamin D protection under the experimental glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis.
Prof. L.V. Yankovskaya (Belarus) discussed the results of a number of national and international studies on interrelation of cardiovascular diseases (arterial hypertension, ischemic heart disease) and Vitamin D’s BsmI and/or FokI gene receptor (VDR)’s polymorphism.
L.V. Kyezhun, Candidate of Medical Sciences (Belarus), highlighted the results of Belarusian studies on Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency under the arterial hypertension.
Prof. G. S. Manasova (Ukraine) reported on the importance of classical and non-skeletal effects of Vitamin D in obstetrical and gynecological practice.
Prof. V.I. Pankiv (Ukraine) discussed Vitamin D deficiency under the thyroid pathology and possible ways of its correction.
N. I. Balatska, Doctor of Medical Sciences, Secretary of the Ukrainian EVIDAS Chapter (Ukraine), presented the findings on Vitamin D deficiency in childhood and its consequences.
Prof. T.V. Frolova (Ukraine) concentrated on the modern issues of prophylaxis of Vitamin D hypovitaminosis in pediatrics.
N. P. Masyk, Doctor of Medical Sciences (Ukraine), reported the literature data and results on Vitamin D deficiency under the chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
Prof. V.S. Beresenko (Ukraine) focused on features of liver fibrosis in children with chronic hepatitis of various Vitamin D supplementation levels.
At the end of the conference, Prof. V.V. Povoroznyuk (Ukraine) held a master-class on ‘Algorithms of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency therapy’ speaking on high-dose Vitamin D use for prophylaxis and treatment.
Practical experience shared by the scientists caused a lively discussion and a flurry of questions by the participants. It proves once again the topicality of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency studies, scientific interest in clinical features, diagnostic criteria, prophylactic and therapeutic tactics and the necessity of holding conferences with an international participation, devoted to this pathology.