Vitamin D Special Issue


The Editorial Board of Endocrine Connections has commissioned the first special issue of the journal, covering the latest developments in the field of Vitamin D.

Led by Guest Editors Professor Susan Lanham-New, Professor Martina Rauner and Professor Josef Köhrle, this special issue will provide clinicians and researchers with a comprehensive update on the latest developments in Vitamin D research from across the globe, through a series of reviews and recent research.

Thoughts from Editor-in-Chief, Professor Adrian Clark

“I am delighted to introduce this special issue celebrating the centenary of the discovery of the relationship between Vitamin D and ultraviolet light. Few topics better represent the ethos of this journal that seeks to promote the “connections” within and beyond classical endocrinology. To achieve this aim, and guided by our guest editors, we have been fortunate to recruit an outstanding series of world leaders who have provided excellent reviews of the state-of-the-art in the subject."


Articles published within the special collection:

Light and health: a century after the therapeutic use of UV light and vitamin D, hormones advanced medical care
Josef Köhrle, Martina Rauner, and Susan A Lanham-New

Dose–response for change in 25-hydroxyvitamin D after UV exposure: outcome of a systematic review
Ann R Webb, Rehab Alghamdi, Richard Kift, and Lesley E Rhodes

Global differences in vitamin D status and dietary intake: a review of the data
Kevin D Cashman

Dietary intake and main food sources of vitamin D and calcium in Colombian urban adults
Mateo Amaya-Montoya, Daniela Duarte-Montero, Luz D Nieves-Barreto, Angélica Montaño-Rodríguez, Eddy C Betancourt-Villamizar, María P Salazar-Ocampo, and Carlos O Mendivil

Effect of serum vitamin D level before ovarian stimulation on the cumulative live birth rate of women undergoing in vitro fertilization: a retrospective analysis
Jennifer K. Y. Ko, Jinghua Shi, Raymond H. W. Li, William S. B. Yeung, and Ernest H. Y. Ng

Autoimmune Disease and Interconnections with vitamin D
Jane Fletcher, Emma L. Bishop, Stephanie R. Harrison, Amelia Swift, Sheldon C. Cooper, Sarah K. Dimeloe, Karim Raza, Martin Hewison

Combined hormonal contraceptives and vitamin D metabolism in adolescent girls
Johanna Öberga, Rolf Jordea, Yngve Figenschauac, Per Medbøe Thorsbyd, Sandra Rinne Dahld, Anne Winthere, Guri Grimnesba

100 YEARS OF VITAMIN D: Supraphysiological doses of vitamin D changes brainwave activity patterns in rats
Gabriella Oliveira Lima, Alex Luiz Menezes da Silva, Julianne Elba Cunha Azevedo, Chirlene Pinheiro Nascimento, Luana Rodrigues Vieira, Akira Otake Hamoy, Luan Oliveira Ferreira, Verônica Regina Lobato Oliveira Bahia, Nilton Akio Muto, Dielly Catrina Favacho Lopes, and Moisés Hamoy



Introducing the guest editors:

Professor Susan Lanham-New
Head of the Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Surrey, UK

Martina Rauner


Professor Martina Rauner
Scientific Director of Bone Lab
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Martina Rauner

"Vitamin D is a central hormone to maintain bone health, which is the first aspect of Vitamin D I think about as a bone researcher. However, vitamin D has many more functions in the body, such as maintaining immunity, and the cardiovascular and nervous systems, just to name a few. As a hormone that is frequently controversially discussed in the endocrine community, it is clear that more research on Vitamin D is necessary to understand its many functions better and to unravel its role in connecting endocrine systems."


Professor Josef Köhrle
Director of the Institute of Experimental Endocrinology
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany

Josef Köhrle

"It is time to illuminate the multiple Vitamin D hormone functions more precisely beyond pivotal Vitamin D functions in calcium homeostasis. This “Special Issue“ will connect endocrine knowledge on established calcitriol actions with new information on its beneficial role in metabolic disorders as well as in prevention of infections and certain cancers."