The University College Cork (UCC) serves as the coordinator for this project.

UCC is an internationally competitive research-led University. Our research strategy is focused on creating major centers of excellence for world-class research and is closely aligned with key government and European Commission policies including the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (SSTI), Building Ireland’s Smart Economy (2008), the Report of the Innovation Taskforce (2010), the Report of the Research Prioritization Steering Group (2012) and the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Strategy (2012). UCC is ranked in the top 2% of Universities worldwide based on the quality of our research output and peer esteem. In the five years preceeding 2012 the number of citations per journal publication has grown by 30% and 62% of Ireland’s most highly-cited researchers are from UCC. The interdisciplinary research teams encompassing nutrition and food science in the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences at UCC have driven the development of a competitive food and health research programme that has a sustained, high quality output as evidenced by citation indices, magnitude of funding, research output and industry interaction. The research program in Human Nutrition at UCC builds on successful collaboration with clinician researchers at the Cork University Teaching Hospitals. Using an approach that encompasses whole food products and food components, investigations into food/nutrition and healthy growth/development, healthy ageing and disease risk reduction in human volunteers has been ongoing since the early 1990’s. Over the past decade, the internationally recognised vitamin D research group at UCC has investigated vitamin D nutrition and health in Irish and European population groups to define vitamin D requirements, status, intakes and relationships with health and to provide the evidence basis for sound public policy both nationally and internationally. Cashman and Kiely as co-PIs have secured more than €15 million in national and international research funding in competitive programs and have established a network of long-standing and successful collaborations to maximise resources and advance scientific knowledge in nutritional science and the area of vitamin D and health. Both Cashman and Kiely are currently serving on international bodies (Norden and SACN) charged with revising nutrient recommendations for vitamin D.

Dr. Mairead Kiely PhD, Senior Lecturer in Human Nutrition | Co-PI Vitamin D Research Group, UCC | Co-PI Cork BASELINE Birth Cohort Study (Nutrition lead). More than 20 years experience in epidemiological research, nutrition surveillance and clinical trials | 90 journal articles of which 45 are in relation to vitamin D | EC funding in FP7 (BACCHUS (WP-Leader), iFAAM, Plantlibra, EuroFIR Nexus), FP6 (EuroFIR (WP-Leader), EURRECA, Seafoodplus), 5th FW (Infabio (WP- Leader), Optiford).

Professor Kevin Cashman PhD, Professor of Food and Health, Head School of Food and Nutritional Sciences | Co-PI Vitamin D Research Group, UCC| 120 journal articles of which 65 are in relation to vitamin D | Acknowledged world leader in vitamin D research, clinical trials, mathematical modelling to develop nutrient requirements, nutrition and bone health | First Editor of British Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Nutritional Science, Nutrition Reviews, and Associate Editor and American Journal of Clinical Nutrition | EC funding in FP7 (NuAGE), FP6 (EURRECA, NuGo), 5th FW (Optiford, Osteodiet (Project co-ordinator), Phytos, Zenith).


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