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  Understanding how rural-dwellers respond to potential cancer symptoms: A mixed methods PhD project using a community-based cohort assessing prevalence and response to potential cancer symptoms
  Prof P Murchie, Dr J Allan, Dr R Vieira
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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1. Background to the project. Scottish people living further from key healthcare facilities have less chance of prompt cancer diagnosis and poorer cancer survival than those living closer-by[1].
  Moral Ordering of Digital Healthcare Technologies (Advert Reference: SF19/BL/EIS/WILSON)
  Prof R Wilson
Applications accepted all year round

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The implementation of digital technologies from telecare to electronic health record systems remains a significant challenge to governments around the world.
  Developing a holistic data analytical model for reducing workload on doctors in NHS General Practices by safely shifting significant workload to other competent professionals (Advert Reference: SF19/EE/CIS/ALI)
  Dr A Ali, Dr S Khan
Applications accepted all year round

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Primary care is critical to the effectiveness and sustainability of the health system in the UK. This is recognised in the current transformation of healthcare that aims to provide care and treatment in the community rather than through hospital-centric services.
  Dietary and lifestyle management of gastric reflux and dyspepsia (Ref: SF20/APP/BROWNLEE5)
  Dr I Brownlee
Applications accepted all year round

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Upper gut symptoms like heartburn cause major long-term impact on quality of life and are believed to be caused by the movement of stomach contents back up the oesophagus.
  Dietary fibres and cardiometabolic health (Ref: SF20/APP/BROWNLEE4)
  Dr I Brownlee
Applications accepted all year round

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The term “dietary fibre” refers to a spectrum of indigestible carbohydrates, mainly of plant origin that have been linked to a range of health benefits.
  Evaluation of the validity and utility of emerging technologies to track health, diet and lifestyle (Ref: SF20/APP/BROWNLEE2)
  Dr I Brownlee
Applications accepted all year round

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Mobile technologies and wearable devices provide novel approaches to collect data that could form the basis of management of diet and lifestyle in reducing long-term risk of disease.
  Exploring nutritional strategies to optimise performance in Academy footballers (Ref: SF20/SER/BRIGGS)
  Dr M Briggs
Applications accepted all year round

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The demands of Academy football match-play include a requirement to cover distances of ~7-11 km (Goto et al., 2015), perform explosive bouts of skill-based work (Stolen et al., 2005) and run at high intensities (>3.0 m s−2) for up to 375 ± 120 m per half (Russell et al., 2015), whilst eliciting mean whole-match intensities of 70-80% V̇O2max (Bangsbo, 2010).
  Feasibility of a lifestyle behaviour change programme to promote cardiovascular and health benefits in patients with low-grade abdominal aortic aneurisms attending follow-up screening (Ref: SF20/SER/CUCATO)
  Dr G Cucato
Applications accepted all year round

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Project Rationale and Description* [300 words max]. Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a degenerative condition of the abdominal aorta which is frequently lethal if it ruptures.
  Influence of nutritional intervention on antisocial behaviour in young people (Ref: SF20/APP/YOUNG)
  Dr J Young
Applications accepted all year round

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Evidence supports the idea that poor diet can lead to antisocial behaviour and work by Gesch et al (2002) has shown that supplementing prisoner’s diets with vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids can lead to a reduction in antisocial behaviour.
  It’s not what you see, but what it means to you: Changing perceptions of the environment to impact sedentary behaviour in children (ref: SF20/SER/LING)
  Dr F Ling
Applications accepted all year round

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In the UK, 3 in 5 children are insufficiently physically active, spending on average 6 hours a day engaging in sedentary activities.
  Mechanisms underpinning competition: The science behind winning (Ref: SF20/SER/HETTINGA2)
  Prof F Hettinga
Applications accepted all year round

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Sport is an ideal scenario to explore psychological as well as (neuro) physiological mechanisms underpinning competition. In middle distance and endurance sports such as athletics, rowing, cycling or speed skating, an athlete’s pacing strategy is widely recognized as an essential determinant for performance.
  Ready, Set, Go: Promoting and preserving health and wellbeing in children and adolescents (Ref: SF20/SER/HETTINGA1)
  Prof F Hettinga
Applications accepted all year round

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As part of our Child and Adolescent Research Exchange (CARE) initiative, we offer an extensive range of research opportunities in the field of sports, exercise and health.
  Sex differences in association between sleep loss and energy metabolism; implications for lifestyle modifications (Ref: SF20/SER/MCIVER)
  Dr V McIver
Applications accepted all year round

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The incidence of reduced sleep in the UK is increasing. A report from the Sleep Council has shown that despite a recommendation of 7-9 hours of sleep per night, 74% of individuals sleep less than 7 hours (The Sleep Council, 2017).
  The Power of Positivity: Positive Expressive Writing and Wellbeing (Ref: SF20/PSY/SMITH)
  Dr M Smith
Applications accepted all year round

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Expressive writing paradigms, which involve writing about emotive topics, have been shown to benefit psychological and physical health.
  Access All Sports: A mixed methods evaluation of what helps or hinders disabled students to access university sport and how this impacts on their wellbeing. (DeaneKU19SF)
  Dr K Deane, Dr L Beaumont
Application Deadline: 31 May 2020

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Background. Sports activities improve students’ wellbeing, fitness and sense of belonging to the university community and this enhances their resilience to mental-health challenges.
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