The D-VinCHI Study: Vitamin D status in school children
Are you interested in your child’s vitamin D health? Would you and your child want to take part in exciting research?
What is the study about
We are investigating the vitamin D status in school children. The most recent National Dietary and Nutrition Survey suggests that up to 40% of northern UK populations may be vitamin D deficient at the end of the winter months, however, there is no data for school-aged children in Northern Ireland. We hope this study may help fill that gap!
Who do we need
Healthy children aged 4-11 years old attending school.
What are we asking for
We would ask participants to come to the Human Intervention Studies Unit (HISU) on Ulster University Coleraine campus for one 1.5-hour visit where we will take a few measurements including:
- body measurements
- muscle strength
- cognitive function
- vitamin D status (blood concentration of vitamin D) – requires a blood sample
- bone health measures
- and ask the parent to fill out a few questionnaires
If you are interested, we would also invite you and your child to take part in a 12-week intervention, which would only involve your child taking a supplement every day for 12 weeks, and then another 1-hour visit.
How could you benefit
Your child would have their vitamin D levels assessed, you would also have access to a registered dietitian and further vitamin D and healthy eating advice.
Want to take part, or want more information?
Chief Investigator: Dr Pamela Magee (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Study has been ethically approved Ulster University Research Ethics Committee.
This project is in collaboration with Queen Margaret University (Edinburgh, Scotland).
Approved by Professor Carol Curran OBE PhD
Executive Dean of Life and Health Sciences
Register your interest by 30th Apr 2020.