Deadline: 2016-10-17
Value of Scholarship: Full Tution
Level Of Study: Masters

Mobile app Scholarship: A mobile phone application and online platform to improve glucose regulation and physical activity levels in Type 2 diabetes



Mobile app Scholarship: A mobile phone application and online platform to improve glucose regulation and physical activity levels in Type 2 diabetes

Salary: Funding covers full cost of UK/EU tuition fees

Fixed term:1 year

Start date: 17th October 2016

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Introduction

Applications are invited for an MSc by Research studentship post commencing 17th October 2016. The Studentship is open to home/EU and international/overseas students. It will run for 1 year and the fees of the MSc by Research programme will be paid by the Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research (ISPAR) at the University of Bedfordshire.

ISPAR delivers research spanning across sport science, physical activity, health, psychology, behaviour change, pedagogy and social sciences of sport. In the latest Research Excellent Framework assessment 95% of our research was rated as internationally recognised or better.

About the project

The MyHealthAvatar project assesses the feasibility of developing services to promote the health and wellbeing of patients and citizens. The avatar is described as a personal bag carried by the patient throughout their lifetime that empowers users in their healthcare and is delivered through a combined mobile phone app and online platform. It encourages patients to participate in self-management of their long-term conditions and features self-controlled health and physical activity promotion. MyHealthAvatar encompasses intelligent tools for health risk assessment and provides interactive visualisation of the patient’s data. The app automatically monitors health, physical activity and sedentary behaviour and collects the patient’s steps count, active minutes, sedentary time, locations and movements. It also delivers the patient tips and reminders for healthy behaviours such as suggestions to walk if you have been sitting for too long.

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The successful candidate will undertaking a research project to assess the feasibility of MyHealthAvatar for improving glucose regulation, increasing physical activity and wellbeing, and reducing prolonged sedentary behaviour in patients with Type 2 diabetes.

Candidate requirements

The applicant will gain experience in the design, conduct and presentation of research relating to the project. Applicants will have a good first degree (minimum of 2:1) in a relevant discipline (e.g. physical activity and health, health psychology, or sport and exercise science).

Supervisor:

Dr Daniel Bailey, Senior Lecturer in Health, Nutrition and Exercise, Institute for Sport and Physical Activity Research

Funding: ISPAR will pay the

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