Welcome Speech -

Dear Colleagues,
It is with pride and pleasure that we announce and cordially invite you to the 8th “Abu Dhabi Annual International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency and Human Health” with the theme “From Bones to Immunity and Beyond” which will be held this year on 7-8th October 2021 as a Virtual Conference in Abu Dhabi, UAE
On behalf of the scientific committee, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our guests speakers and participants from the UAE, the GCC Countries and all over the world. The Abu Dhabi International Conference on Vitamin D Deficiency and Human Health is 8 years old and due to the contribution made by all of you it has established itself as one of most premiere scientific events in the entire Region. 
The program will feature some of the world-class renowned speakers and leading Vitamin D experts and scientists whose work had been well recognized and had to significant advancement to Science and clinical practice. One of the unique features of this conference is multidisciplinary approach to screening, detection and treatment of Vitamin D Defieciency, panel discussion after each session to facilitate cross interaction and enhance participation. As we continue to recover from the burden of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had this year designated a comprehensive session to highlight the latest research pertaining to SARS-CoV-2 and Vitamin D. Several research findings had demonstrated the protective role of Vitamin D in viral respiratory infections and recent investigations had concurred such results for COVID-19 infections. The agenda will also include  an extensive range of topics with key note lectures, plenary sessions, expert review and discussions of all the relevant issues pertaining to vitamin D including Vitamin D Testing, Supplementation, Fortification and Toxicity, The Role of Vitamin D in Cardiovascular Diseases, Vitamin D and Women’s Health, Vitamin D and Metabolic Diseases, Vitamin D in Bone Health and Osteoporosis, Vitamin D Deficiency and Neurological Disorders, Vitamin D in Genetic Diseases and Cancer, Vitamin D in Neonates, Children and Adolescence, Vitamin D and Obesity. It also will discuss Updates from randomized clinical trials RCTs in Vitamin D, and provide recommendations and guidelines to conduct additional studies
We are confident that this conference will be a genuinely interactive platform to enhance knowledge and gain insight into the latest advancement in this critical field of research as an important part in healthcare to establish global practices for early detection and prevention of Vitamin D Defieciency. We look forward to seeing you all in Abu Dhabi.
Sincere regards,
Dr. Fatme Al Anouti 
Chair, Scientific Committee
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
College of Natural & Health Sciences
Zayed University, Abu Dhabi, UAE