Fully-funded PhD Studentship: Interventions to prevent diabetes in At-Risk Youth

About the project:

This project is an adjunct to the world wide PREVIEW project involving 14 partners across 12 countries. PREVIEW aims to prevent diabetes in at-risk children, adults and older adults. This PhD represents an exciting opportunity to work in and alongside the PREVIEW project and to engage with other research students in partner countries.

The incidence of diabetes and pre-diabetes is growing at an alarming rate. Projects such as Desmond and Prepare offered a structured education to changing dietary and physical activity behaviours. Further the Diogenes project has demonstrated healthy weight can be achieved by adjusting the proportion of dietary protein intake. In addition a  body of evidence is emerging on the positive effect of high intensity physical activity on metabolic health.

This project will develop a series of studies analysing the effect of diet and physical activity on children at risk from diabetes. The project also will involve novel approaches to analysing accelerometer data from at risk populations of adults and children.

Supervisors: Professor Gareth Stratton; Dr Melitta McNarry; Dr Kelly Mackintosh. 

Candidate Eligibility:

Academic requirements:

Applicants should hold or be completing an undergraduate honours degree with a 2.1 or above. Degrees in all areas of Sports and Exercise, Science, Sports Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics (with experience and qualifications in designing exercise and nutrition programmes for the general public) will be considered.

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UK/EU students: Students who qualify for Home/EU tuition fees are eligible for a full award (stipend and fees).

International students: Self-funding students are encouraged to contact the supervisors for further information about current research projects.

Full details about eligibility for Home/EU tuition fees can be found on the UKCISA website: www.ukcisa.org.uk/International-Students/Fees–finance/Home-or-Overseas-fees/Wales/Who-is-eligible/

UK students:

UK students are eligible for a full award (stipend and fees).

EU students:

EU students who have been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the grant are eligible for the full award (stipend and fees). Due to funding restrictions the EPSRC requires that they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences). EU students who are ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU are generally eligible for a fees-only award.

Further information about eligibility requirements can be found on the EPSRC website: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/skills/students/help/Pages/eligibility.aspx

Studentship Value:

The studentship covers UK/EU tuition fees and a stipend of £13,726 per annum.

Funds are also available for conference contributions, as well as PREVIEW meetings and training.

Further Information:

Please contact Professor Gareth Stratton for further details: g.stratton@swansea.ac.uk

Application Closing Date:

The deadline for applications is Friday 22nd November 2013.

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