Martin Hewison

University of Birmingham. United Kingdom.

Prof. Hewison is currently Professor of Molecular Endocrinology within the Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research (IMSR) at the University of Birmingham, UK, having worked from 2005 – 2014 at the University of California Los Angeles. Prof. Hewison’s main research interest is vitamin D and its importance to human health. He has published over 250 research papers on classical (skeletal) and non-classical (extra-skeletal) actions of vitamin D. Prof. Hewison’s group is at the forefront of research linking vitamin D and the immune system, with implications for a wide range of clinical disorders including infectious, inflammatory and autoimmune disease. The Hewison group has also pioneered a range of studies to explore alternative markers of vitamin D ‘status’. This includes development of novel technology to measure multiple metabolites of vitamin D – the vitamin D metabolome – and analysis of the role of the serum vitamin D binding protein as a determinant of vitamin D bioavailability within the immune system. Prof. Hewison is a recipient of a Royal Society Wolfson Fellowship. His research is supported by grants from the Medical Research Council and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (UK), and the National Institutes of Health (USA).