|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||Funding covers full UK tuition fees plus UKRI stipend|
|Placed On:||8th February 2023|
|Closes:||3rd March 2023|
Project title: Does a coffee a day keep the doctor away? Investigating the impact of coffee on cardiometabolic health
Department/School: Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, School of Chemistry, Food and Pharmacy
Supervisors: Dr Charlotte Mills, University of Reading (primary supervisor)
Prof. Rikard Landberg, Chalmers University of Technology; Dr Anisha Wijeyesekera, University of Reading; Prof. Denise Robertson, University of Surrey (co- supervisors)
Coffee is an extremely popular beverage worldwide; 95 million cups per day are consumed in the UK alone. Historically, there has been debate about the health impacts of consuming coffee, however recent findings from observational studies have provided evidence that drinking 3-5 cups of coffee per day is protective against cardiometabolic diseases. These studies, however, do not prove causality; randomised controlled trials are needed.
Coffee is a chemically complex beverage and contains many different bioactive component (e.g. polyphenols, alkaloids, melanoidins, diterpenes), which are likely to differ depending on how the coffee is consumed; this makes it hard to fully understand what is driving these health effects. Identifying biomarkers of different coffee consumption would contribute towards understanding the health effects. This complexity is exasperated by the observation of large inter-individual variation in response to coffee; some individuals seem to have marked health responses, whereas others do not. It is not clear what is driving this, although it is possible that it is a combination of genetic polymorphisms and gut microbiota composition.
The objective of this project is to understand the impact of coffee consumption on cardiometabolic health.
In this project the student will:
Application Deadline: 3rd March 2023
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