The ODIN research programme focuses on the food-based solutions for optimal vitamin D nutrition and health throughout the life cycle.

Despite the explosion of scientific research in vitamin D and health, particularly in basic research at the mechanistic level, there are many fundamental gaps in the field of vitamin D from the public health perspective. Incredibly, these include the magnitude of the deficiency problem among European residents. Vitamin D requirements during pregnancy and throughout childhood and adolescence are unknown. The perennial question of whether associations between vitamin D status and non-skeletal health are independent of co-related factors such as pre-existing risk, obesity and compromised nutritional status, remains controversial.

The ODIN project brings together the leading experts throughout the world to carry out a research programme aiming to develop effective, safe and sustainable food-based solutions to eradicate vitamin D deficiency and improve health across the life cycle, thus benefiting all European citizens.