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Papers and Presentations

Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, gave an invited lecture in March at the Osteoporosis Outreach Forum sponsored by St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The lecture was titled Vitamin D Guidelines: Why the Institute of Medicine decided what they did. Dr. Kovacs also attended the annual scientific meeting of Advances in Mineral Metabolism, held in Snowmass, Colorado, in April. The profiled highlight of the meeting was a formal debate on the subject of vitamin D and whether the recommended intake amounts should be even higher than what the Institute of Medicine recently determined. Arguing for the pro position (that recommended amounts should even higher to prevent various diseases) was Dr. Daniel Bikle from University of California San Francisco. Dr. Kovacs argued the con position and a poll of the audience determined that he had won by swaying more people to change their opinion.

At the joint meeting of the International Bone and Mineral Society and the European Calcified Tissue Society held the week of May 9 in Athens, Greece, Dr. Christopher Kovacs, Faculty of Medicine, gave an invited lecture titled Complementary and Overlapping Roles of Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) and PTH-Related Protein (PTHrP) in Regulating Fetal Mineral Homeostasis. He also gave both an oral and a poster presentation of a research project from his lab titled Calcitriol Increases During Pregnancy and Bone Formation Upregulates Post-Lactation Without Parathyroid Hormone. Co-authors on the research presentation included Beth Kirby from my Dr. Kovac's lab and Dr. Andrew C. Karaplis from McGill University.