16:30 – 17:30

Registration and Welcome reception, Domus Comeliana

Welcome words by:

Prof. Pierdomenico Perata

Rector of the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies

Mr. Felipe Smith

Chairman of the Board of Directors of WIA and VP Business Intelligence & Business Development at SQM

17:30 – 18:00

Dr. Enrico Polastro, BE
VP and Senior Industry Specialist at Arthur D. Little
Iodine market: Industry providing the essential element

18:00 – 19:00

Dr. Elizabeth Pearce MD, USA
Associate Professor of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine
Iodine and the Thyroid: A History

19:00 – 20:00

Prof. Dr. Michael Bruce Zimmermann, CH
Professor of Human Nutrition at ETH Zurich
Global elimination of IDD: a light at the end of the tunnel?

Gala dinner

8:30 – 9:15

Mr. Arnold Timmer, CH
Senior Adviser at Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Technical hurdles to Universal Salt Iodization

9:15 – 10:15

International stakeholder organisations’ opinions

Dr. Vincenzo Costigliola MD, BE
President of the European Medical Association (EMA)
Iodine is health: the role of the medical community in preventing IDD

Mr. Rutger Schilpzand, NL
Executive Secretary of the Choices International Foundation
The role and responsibility of the food industry in tackling IDD

Mr. Wouter Lox, BE
Managing Director of the European Salt Producers’ Association (EuSalt)
Harmonized Salt Iodization instead of Universal Salt Iodization: a better approach to become a reality in Europe?

Dr. John Allen, UK
Member of the European Feed Manufacturers’ Federation (FEFAC) Premix & Mineral Feeds Committee
Iodine supplementation of livestock feeds: animal requirements and potential for food fortification

Ms. Laura Linda Henderson, IT
Representative of Thyroid Federation International (TFI)
The global strategy of patients’ organizations to tackle IDD

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:30

Dr. Alex Stewart, UK
Consultant at Cheshire and Merseyside Public Health England Centre
Glaciation and leaching do not cause IDD: rethinking environmental iodine deficiency

11:30 – 12:45

Iodine in soil, water and atmosphere.

Mr. Saeed Ahmad, PK
Ph.D. candidate at University of Nottingham
Geochemistry of iodine in Gilgit-Baltistan (North-East Pakistan)

Ms. Heather Sanders, UK
Ph.D. candidate  at University of Nottingham
Iodine dynamics with humic acid

Ms. Claire McKernan, IE
Postgraduate research student at IGFS Queens University Belfast
Linking Northern Ireland milk quality to farming landscape: elemental signatures

Mr. Abdolbaset Karim, IQ
Ph.D. candidate  at University of Nottingham
Iodine status in Iraqi Kurdistan: Terrestrial environment, diet and human biomarkers

12:45 – 13:45


13:45 – 14:30

Dr. Sarah Bath, UK
Lecturer in Public Health Nutrition at University of Surrey
Nutritional recommendations for iodine: can they be met via dietary sources?

14:30 – 15:30

Iodine in food and health

Dr. Marian Kjellevold, NO
Head of Research at National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
Large intraspecies variation in iodine content in fish

Dr. Simon Welham, UK
Lecturer on Human Nutrition and Nutritional Biochemistry at University of Nottingham
Regional and seasonal variation in milk iodine concentrations throughout the UK

Ms. Mariana Dineva, UK
Postgraduate Researcher at University of Surrey
Dietary determinants of iodine status in pregnant women from three European mother-child cohorts

Dr. Lisa Coneyworth, UK
Assistant Professor at University of Nottingham
Optimising the iodine intake and status of individuals who follow restricted diets

15:30 – 16:00

Coffee break

16:00 – 16:45

Dr. Tatsuo Kaiho, JP
Technical Advisor at Godo Shigen
Iodine production and industrial applications

16:45 – 18:00

Monitoring of iodine status and health

Prof. Dr. Henry Völzke MD, DE
Professor at University of Greifswald and EUthyroid Project Coordinator
Challenges and limitations of urine iodine measurements in the evaluation of IDD programs

Ms. Inês Delgado, PR
Ph.D. candidate at National Institute of Health
Evaluation of iodine content in Portuguese primary school meals after mandatory iodization program

Ms. Inger Aakre, NO
PhD candidate at the Oslo and Akershus University College
Thyroid disturbances in association with developmental status among children below 4 years with excessive iodine status

Dr. Sigrun Henjum, NO
Associate Professor at Oslo and Akershus University College
Suboptimal iodine status among pregnant and lactating women in Norway

18:00 – 19:00

Poster presentations

8:30 – 9:15

Prof. Dr. Margaret Rayman, UK
Professor at University of Surrey
Health effects of iodine deficiency and excess: importance of interaction with other nutrients

9:15 – 10:15

Iodine deficiency and excess in humans and animals

Dr. Lisbeth Dahl, NO
Scientist at National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research
Risk of iodine deficiency in Norway

Ms. Marianne Hope Abel, NO
Ph.D. candidate at Oslo and Akershus University College
Maternal iodine nutrition in pregnancy associated with likelihood of special education for the child at 8 years in the Norwegian Birth Cohort Study

Dr. Joao Leite, PT

Postdoctoral researcher at Center for Research in Health Technologies and Services (CINTESIS)
Iodine status and iodized salt consumption in Portuguese school-aged children: the Iogeneration Study

Ms. Deborah Levie, ES
Predoctoral researcher at Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL)
Maternal iodine status during pregnancy and offspring IQ: an individual level meta-analyses of three prospective birth cohorts

Dr. Betina Tuesen, DK
Senior Researcher at the Research Centre for Prevention and Health
Incident use of thyroid medication after 15 years of mandatory iodine fortification in Denmark

10:15 – 10:45

Coffee break

10:45 – 11:30

Prof. Dr. Ismail Cakmak, TUR
Professor at Sabanci University, Istanbul
Biofortification of food crops with iodine and other micronutrients

11:30 – 12:30

Agronomic biofortification of agricultural produce with iodine

Dr. Samuel Gameda, ET
Research Scientist at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center
Agronomic biofortification of crops to address inadequate iodine intake in Ethiopia

Mr. Olivier Humphrey, UK
PhD candidate at Centre for Environmental Geochemistry
Iodine uptake, translocation and storage mechanism in spinach (Spinacia oleracea)

12:30 – 13:00

Presentations of awards for excellent student speakers

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch and end of conference

Full programme in PDF format

Standard registration fee until October 22nd 2017.