Why is Vitamin E Important for Infants and Children?
Organized by ASN's Vitamin and Mineral Research Interest
Thursday, June 16 from 1:00 - 2:30 pm (ET)
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Amid conflicting reports about the need for vitamin E, recent
merging research supports a critical role for this essential
nutrient, especially during vulnerable periods of the lifecycle,
including pregnancy, the first few years of life, and the
elderly. Herein, accumulating research demonstrates a role
of vitamin E in neurodevelopment and cognition, as well as the
development of allergic airway disease including asthma.
These are new findings for vitamin E that extend beyond its
mechanistic role as an antioxidant with heart health benefits.
More specifically, research from academic institutions
demonstrates a role for vitamin E in fetal development and its
association with later life dementia, as well as Alzheimer's
disease. There is also evidence for a role of different
isoforms of vitamin E in the development of allergic airway
disease during the prenatal and postnatal periods. Although
the prevalence of dementia, Alzheimer's and allergic airway
disease continues to rise at a global level, there are no
pharmacological approaches for the management or treatment of
these diseases. This emerging research on vitamin E begs
the question whether increased dietary or supplemental vitamin E
has a role in the prevention of these diseases, particularly
important considering that as many as 60% of Americans are not
achieving the EAR for vitamin E.
This webinar aims to create awareness and inspire additional
research on the role of vitamin E in neurodevelopment, cognition
and allergic airway disease, especially during critical periods
of the lifecycle.
By the end of this program, attendees will be able to:
1.Describe the role of vitamin E and its different isoforms
throughout the lifecycle, particularly as it pertains to
neurodevelopment, dementia, Alzheimer's disease as well as
allergic airway disease.
2.State the limitations of measuring vitamin E adequacy through
measurement of blood levels alone.
3.Identify potential gaps and opportunities to advance the
science, guide public policy and educate consumers on the
importance of adequate vitamin E intakes during the lifecycle.
Deshanie Rai, FACN, PhD, Bayer Healthcare
Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, RD, University of Illinois at
Functional Relevance of Vitamin E during the First 1000 days
and Associations with Later Life Outcomes
Maret G. Traber, PhD, Linus Pauling Institute, Oregon State
Vitamin E Isoforms Differentially Regulate Allergic Airway
Disease: An Update on the Emerging Research
Joan Cook-Mills, PhD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of,
Medicine, Allergy-Immunology Division
Continuing Professional Education
ASN designates this educational activity for a maximum of
1.5 CPEUs. Dietitians and dietetic technicians,
registered should only claim credit commensurate with the
extent of their participation in the activity. ASN (Provider
#NS010) is accredited and approved by the Commission on
Dietetic Registration (CDR) as a provider of Continuing
Professional Education (CPE) programs for Registered
Learning Level 2
Activity Number: 127459
Suggested learning codes:
2000: Science of food and nutrition
2090: Micronutrients: vitamins, minerals
4150: Infancy & Childhood