ONGOING PROJECTS

Research unit for dietary studies

Vitamin D deficiency is common among otherwise healthy pregnant women and may have consequences for them as well as the early development and long-term health of their children. The importance of maternal and neonatal vitamin D status on later health has not been widely studied. The D-tect is a project financed by the Danish Council for Strategic research, comprising a battery of observational studies on associations between exposure to/status of vitamin D early in life and risk of various diseases later in life. All the studies use data from the Danish National registers. The fact that mandatory fortification of margarine with vitamin D in Denmark was cancelled in 1985, and thus, children born before and after 1985 differed by prenatal exposure to extra vitamin D, is utilized. Additionally, neonatal vitamin D status is measured using dried blood spots (PKU cards) kept in the The Danish Newborn Screening Biobank.

Homepage: www.d-tectingdisease.dk 

Diets have been proven effective in relation to short term weight loss. However, programmes that tries to help people maintain a weight loss in the longer-term show high relapse and attrition rates, rendering them overall ineffective. Thus, the NoHoW intervention will evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based ICT behaviour change tools for weight loss maintenance after a clinically significant weight loss.

Homepage: nohow.eu