Iodine Global Network (IGN)

IGN/EUthyroid Satellite Meeting 2016, Copenhagen

3 September 2016

On Saturday 3rd September, the Iodine Global Network (Western and Central Europe) and EUthyroid held a joint satellite meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark, organized as a pre-conference event of the 39th annual meeting of the European Thyroid Association (ETA).

Over 50 people attended the event and were treated to presentations from EUthyroid consortium members on a range of topics under the theme of harmonisation of iodine nutrition in Europe to tackle the problem of iodine deficiency.
Presentation overview:
The EUthyroid Project – progress to date Matthew Spencer, Austria
How we can cope with bias in iodine and thyroid research Henry Volzke, Germany
What do we need to evaluate IDD prevention Ursula Rochau, Germany
What we can learn from birth cohorts Robin Peeters, The Netherlands
A model to secure a stable iodine concentration in milk Lisbeth Dahl, Norway
Dietary iodine and supplements. Is it all in the mix? Margaret Rayman, UK
How useful is serum Tg as a biomarker for iodine deficiency in non pregnant and pregnant individuals? Michael Zimmermann, Switzerland
Hungary – the iodine story Endre Nagy, Hungary
Optimising iodine nutrition – a WHO perspective Joao Breda, Denmark

John Lazarus, Iodine Global Network; Betina H Thuesen, Research Centre for Prevention and Health, DK © biolution GmbH
The ETA meeting was preceded by the second EUthyroid project meeting on 1-2 September, hosted by the Research Centre for Prevention and Health (RCPH) in Copenhagen.

All work package leaders had the opportunity to discuss progress during the first 15 months of the project and outline their plans for the future.

44 representatives from 29 project partner institutions attended the meeting to report on their national activities and discuss progress in research. At the meeting all work package leaders provided an overview of thestatus within their work packages, to identify difficulties, discuss potential solutions and to introduce roadmaps towards successful completion of project objectives within the time remaining.

As the project moves towards its second half, the scientific advisors highlighted the accomplishments already attained. The coordinator Henry Völzke reminded of the ambitious timeline ahead and mapped a path to achieve the project’s aims. The project partners were positive and showed strong commitment to achieve lasting impact on iodine monitoring and fortification programmes in Europe.

"Europe remains a patchwork with respect to iodine deficiency prevention programmes, as national programmes are diverse and lack coordination. The EUthyroid project aims to coordinate national stakeholders and mobilise synergies."

EUthyroid Consortium

44 representatives from 29 project partner institutions attended the meeting to report on their national activities and discuss progress in research. © Paul Grünert


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