Exploration of life-style including dietary patterns on later life quality of movement

Oxford Brookes University - Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Three Year Full Time PhD Research Studentship 

Director of Studies: Dr Helen Lightowler - hlightowler@brookes.ac.uk
Second Supervisors: Dr Patrick Esser / Dr Shelly Coe - pesser@brookes.ac.uk
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants only (who must be permanently resident in UK/EU) 
Start date: 23rd January 2017 
Value pa: Bursary of £14,296 (pro rata as January start) for academic year 2016/17 & fees 

Good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent) and educated to BSc or MSc degree level equivalent to a UK degree or equivalent in physiotherapy, occupational therapy, physiology, psychology, nutrition, human biology or movement science. 
Experience of working with clinical adult populations is preferable. 

EU applicants have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate minimum score level 6 in each of the four areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking with overall minimum score 7.0 issued since the 23rd April 2015 by approved test centre

In exceptional circumstances we are prepared to consider alternative evidence of English language ability. 

A healthy life-style, e.g. diet patterns and physical activity, has been associated with an overall health state including improved cognitive ability and more recently an association has been found to motor performance and function. Currently little is known on how life-style factors throughout life affect quality of movement in later life. The Movement Science Group is collaborating with several national (Medical Research Council, Whitehall, Southend and Brent Revisited) and international (McGill, Shanghai) longitudinal cohorts whereby in-depth gait assessments are being performed alongside a battery of extensive tests performed according to the cohort protocols. We expect to have extensive data on lifestyle factors as well as in-depth movement measurements in 1,000s of people over the next two years. 

The main aim of this PhD is to utilise longitudinal cohort data to explore dietary patterns, physical activity and behaviour in early life and the effect on quality of movement in later life. 

Successful candidate would be expected to present at scientific meetings and publish. The student will build on the Functional Food Centre’s and the Movement Science Group’s previous work into nutrition and clinical rehabilitation science and work to develop interventions suitable for a range of participants, from healthy and ageing adults and those with neurological conditions. In addition they should be comfortable in a multidisciplinary environment, working with a range of populations, including clinical groups.

Students will be required to undertake up to 6 hours undergraduate teaching per week during semesters without further remuneration. 

Any successful applicant will be subject to a DBS search once they enrol. In view of checking procedures they will be required to exhibit a current passport - https://www.gov.uk/disclosure-barring-service-check 

To apply download application form from: http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

With your application you should enclose a CV, plus if appropriate a valid IELTS Academic certificate, two academic references. 

Applications only by e-mail to hlsapplications@brookes.ac.uk 

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