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Effects of Combined Microcurrent and Resistance Exercise on Muscle Strength Body Composition and Physical Function in Older Adults

Institute for Lifecourse Development

, Applications accepted all year round Self-Funded PhD Students Only
London United Kingdom Other Other Sport Psychology Sport Therapy

About the Project

Sarcopenia is a progressive and generalised skeletal muscle disorder that is associated with an increased likelihood of falls, fractures, physical disability and mortality. Even though sarcopenia affects mainly elderly, it occurs also in middle-aged adults. Low muscle strength (primary parameter of sarcopenia) is associated with physical frailty, which is at least partly responsible for hospitalisation and loss of independence of living in many adult people. Therefore, the prevention of age-related loss in muscle mass and strength is essential for preserving independent living and quality of life with ageing. A new non-invasive and safe device (Arc4Health) has made it possible to introduce small doses of bioelectricity (Microcurrent) into the human body, which might help to attenuate loss of muscle strength in sedentary individuals. Adding microcurrent to exercise has emerged as a potentially effective treatment to effectively combat sarcopenia.

The aim of the present project, therefore, is to assess the effectiveness of combining microcurrent and resistance exercise to counteract the loss of muscle mass and strength which accompanies ageing. We will also intend to analyse potential benefits on body composition and physical function in middle-aged (>50 to 65 years old) and older adults (>65 years old).

If you would like to discuss this opportunity and the PhD project before applying, please contact the Lead Supervisor Dr Fernando Naclerio (Associate Professor in Strength and Conditioning and Sports Nutrition) or Professor Ian Swaine (Professor of Sport and Exercise Science) .

How to apply

Please read this information before making an application. Applications need to be made online via No other form of application will be considered. 

All applications must include the following information. Applications not containing these documents will not be considered. 

1.Personal statement outlining the motivation for a PhD and this particular project

2.A research proposal related to the subject topic of max. 1500 words*

3.A CV including two referees (ideally one being for a dissertation supervisor) * 

4.Academic qualification certificates/transcripts and IELTs/English Language certificate if you are an international applicant or if English is not your first language or you are from a country where English is not the majority spoken language as defined by the UK Border Agency * 

*upload to the qualification section of the application form. Attachments must be a PDF format.

Before submitting your application you are encouraged to liaise with the Lead Supervisor on the details above. 

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