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Determinants of Fat Metabolism During Exercise


About This PhD Project

Project Description

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to complete a PhD across two leading laboratories researching exercise and muscle metabolism. This joint PhD scholarship is a collaboration between Dr Chris Shaw (Deakin University, Australia) and Prof Jørn Helge (University of Copenhagen, Denmark) to study the regulation of fat metabolism during exercise.

Endurance training promotes adaptions that enable high rates of fat oxidation during exercise. However, the capacity for fat oxidation varies markedly even amongst individuals who are well matched for aerobic capacity and training status. This variability in fat oxidation capacity remains largely unexplained and its relevance to exercise performance is currently unclear. This project will explore the physiological and nutritional determinants of fat oxidation capacity in endurance-trained individuals and the results will have relevance for guiding nutritional and training approaches to optimise performance.

The scholarship includes approximately 2 years of study at the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University and approximately one year of study in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science, University of Copenhagen.


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