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New nutritional strategies for the treatment and management of gestational diabetes

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, May 31, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects an estimated 8-20% of pregnant women, making it one of the most common medical complications in pregnancy. Adverse pregnancy outcomes of GDM are mainly related to maternal hyperglycaemia, with mothers as well as their offspring predisposed to a substantially increased risk of short- and long-term complications resulting in increased intensive care admissions and prolonged hospital stay, and significant economic burden.

Structured nutritional guidance is provided to GDM women for managing blood glucose levels during pregnancy. However, about 50% of women being treated for GDM require pharmacological treatment to keep their postprandial blood glucose levels within targets. This indicates that current nutritional recommendations are inadequate for a substantial proportion of GDM women.

In this research group, we examine the impact of nutritional strategies in the prevention, treatment and management of gestational diabetes. The student will join a multidisciplinary team which has extensive experience in nutritional interventions and the clinical management of gestational diabetes.

Funding Notes

Funding will be awarded on a competitive basis (UK/EU applicants only). UK and EU (where residency has been established for more than 3 years prior to the start of the course) applicants will be eligible for a full award paying tuition fees and maintenance. A full standard studentship consists of academic fees (£4,327 in Session 2019/20), together with a maintenance grant (£15,009 in Session 2019/20) paid at standard Research Council rates. Additionally, the project is available to self-funded students (International and UK/EU) may be eligible for funding through University or external research bodies.

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