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?

Project Information

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
  • balance
  • 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?

Email the researcher (Dominique) at for call at +44(0) 28 7012 3335 or more information. We really appreciate your time!

Chief Investigator: Dr Pamela Magee (

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

   Register your interest by 30th Apr 2020.

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Project Staff

Dr Pamela Magee

Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition
School of Biomedical Sciences
+44 28 7012 4360
W2048 - Coleraine campus

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