Pillar 5 Programme Lead
Professor Kevin Cashman
Professor Kevin Cashman has been a University lecturer and Principal Investigator in Nutrition for over 20 years. Trained in Ireland (Cork) and in the USA (USDA Human Nutrition Research Centre on Ageing at Tufts, Boston); he took up a lectureship post at University College Cork in 1993 and an Endowed Research Professorship at the University in 2000; this is a joint post between the School of Food and Nutritional Sciences and the Department of Medicine. He was Head of Department/School (2008-2013). His research interests focus on the key public health areas of vitamin D, including population distributions of serum 25(OH)D and related metabolites, dietary requirements for vitamin D in different population subgroups, food-based solutions for increasing vitamin D intake and status, and the role of vitamin D in health outcomes. He has over 130 publications; his work has contributed to current understanding of dietary vitamin D requirements and factors which affect same, as well as finding evidence-based dietary approaches for reaching the requirement estimates. Professor Cashman is the Joint Coordinator (together with Dr. Mairead Kiely) of a major European Commission-funded project on Food-based solutions for ‘Optimal vitamin D Nutrition and health through the life cycle (ODIN)’, which is a 31 partner collaborative project aimed at tackling vitamin D deficiency in Europe (2013-2017). His has provided the national data on serum 25(OH)D and metabolites for the Irish adult population and is a contributory partner to the North American NIH-led Vitamin D Standardization Programme. Recently (2011-current), Professor Cashman has served as a member of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition which is setting the nutritional recommendations (DRV) for vitamin D in the UK. He is an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.