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Abu Dhabi 2012 - Haq

Presented at International Symposium on Vitamin D Deficiency - Abu Dhabi March 2012


Dr. Afrozul Haq.

Qualifications: Ph.D.
Position: Senior Clinical Scientist Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Institute Shaikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Dr. Afrozul Haq is a graduate of Aligarh Muslim University, India and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Paris, France. Dr. Haq started his professional career from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi in 1984. He worked as a Scientist & Head of Protein Chemistry Laboratory at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia from 1988 till 2000. Dr. Haq was invited as a visiting Professor to Pasteur Institute, Paris in 1993 and Royal Victoria Hospital, McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 1991. He has more than 25 years research experience as a basic & clinical scientist , published 60 research articles in peer reviewed journals, 2 book chapters, and 65 abstracts presented in the International & regional scientific meetings. Dr. Haq is working on several research projects on vitamin D in collaboration with clinicians and researchers at SKMC, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi and SUNARC Research Center, San Francisco, USA. Dr. Haq is the Editor of the International Journal of Medicine & Medical Sciences, Prime Research on Medicine, American Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Asian Journal of Clinical Nutrition, International Journal of Biological Chemistry, Trends in Medical Research, International Journal of Cancer Research, member Advisory Board of International Journal of Nutrition, Pharmacology, Neurological Diseases and reviewer for Oral Oncology & Clinica Chimica Acta.

Global Vitamin D Deficiency and its Role in Health and Disease

There is an epidemic of vitamin D deficiency sweeping across our modern world, and it's an epidemic of such magnitude and seriousness that is not only alarmingly widespread but a root cause of many serious diseases such as rickets, MS, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, tuberculosis and heart disease. Public interest in vitamin D is rising because there is intense and growing activity in the research community on the functions and benefits of vitamin D. People living near the equator who are exposed to sunlight without sun protection have robust levels of 25- hydroxyvitamin D above 75 nmol/L .

However, even in the sunniest areas, vitamin D deficiency is common when most of the skin is shielded from the sun. Studies in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Australia, Turkey, India, and Lebanon, 30 to 50% of children and adults had 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) levels under 50 nmol/L. Vitamin D ability to bind to vitamin D binding protein, enables it to reach other districts(cells and tissues of the body) that will be its target. After binding of active form of vitamin D i.e. 1,25(OH)2D to its receptor(VDR)these effects create an environment suitable for gene transcription. Vitamin D is truly remarkable in that it plays a key role in a wide range of physiologic functions.


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