Research within vitamin B12 has a long-lasting history at the department and involves numerous national and international collaborations. Our overall goal is to develop biomarkers suitable for identifying individuals with an insufficient vitamin status and to understand basic aspects relating to the uptake and utilization of the vitamin.
The core research group is an interdisciplinary mix of PhD students, master students, biomedical laboratory scientists and senior scientists from Health and Science and Technology, Aarhus University. The group holds grants from The Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation:
TRIM: TRanscobalamin In Milk and optimal vitamin B12 uptake (http://trim-project.dk), and
IMPROVIT: Identification of a suitable Milk-derived PROduct, the consumption of which could prevent VITamin B12 deficiency (http://improvit-project.com).
Currently, our main projects are:
- The molecular forms of vitamin B12 in cow and buffalo milk.
- Understanding the high bioavailability of vitamin B12 in cow’s milk.
- Studies on receptors related to the uptake of vitamin B12.
- The impact of an increased level of plasma vitamin B12.