|Funding for:||UK Students|
|Funding amount:||From £17,668 annual stipend, plus a £1,540 enhancement from the industrial sponsor|
|Placed On:||23rd March 2023|
|Closes:||21st April 2023|
Project Title: Development and evaluation of a method to assess nutritional quality of dietary lipids in food
Lead Institute / Faculty: Medicine
Main Supervisor: Professor Philip Calder
Other members of the supervisory team: Dr Nida Ziauddeen
Start date: 01/10/2023
Recommendations to limit dietary saturated fat intake to prevent chronic diseases have been issued by many organizations and advisory bodies. However, new scientific findings suggest that not all saturated fats have a detrimental effect for cardiovascular diseases. In addition, a large body of evidence suggests that unsaturated fats have a positive impact on health.
The health impact of individual fatty acids is also modulated by the food matrix and the quantity and quality of other macronutrients in a food. Therefore, a more holistic approach to assess the nutritional quality of fat in the diet is needed. The project aims to develop and validate a new method (algorithm, score, or index) to evaluate and communicate about the quality of fats in foods and in food products.
The project will also study if the new method correlates with the healthfulness of different product categories and diets, as well as relevant biomarkers.
The successful candidate is likely to have the following qualifications:
Due to funding restrictions this position is only open to UK applicants. This PhD studentship is fully funded for four years by BBSRC and industrial sponsor.
Amount of stipend £17,668 per year from BBSRC plus a £1,540 enhancement from the industrial sponsor, plus fees and a contribution towards research costs at UK residency rate only.
Administrative contact and how to apply:
Please complete the University's online application form, which you can find at
You should enter Professor Philip Calder as your proposed supervisor.
To support your application provide an academic CV (including contact details of two referees), official academic transcripts and a personal statement (outlining your suitability for the studentship, what you hope to achieve from the PhD and your research experience to date).
Informal enquiries relating to the project or candidate suitability should be directed to Professor Philip Calder (email@example.com).
Closing date: 21/04/2023
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