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Novel tools for identification and prevention of Diabetes in high risk populations in UK

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, April 25, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Six new fully funded PhD research studentships are offered in the School of Applied Sciences for a 23 September 2019 start. The School is made up of the Departments of Biological and Geographical Sciences, Chemical Sciences and Pharmaceutical Sciences.

There is competition funding for 6 of the 12 research projects advertised. Usually the projects which receive the best applicants are funded.

Successful applicants will receive a fully funded PhD opportunity on Diabetes risk assessment and prevention. Diabetes is one of the major healthcare concerns in UK and is a significant cost to NHS. According to the NHS, there are 3.9 million people living with diabetes in UK, which is twice as many than in 1996. Like other diseases, an early diagnosis is very important for diabetes to avoid disease progression and risk for cardiovascular disease. Identification of high risk groups who may develop diabetes in next five years, therefore, is a key strategy to prevent developing disease and hence the national diabetes prevention program (NDPP) was launched in 2016 by the NHS and Public Health in England. The program significantly depends on the risk scoring system, taking inputs from age, sex, ethnicity, blood pressure, family history of diabetes, body mass index and waist measurements. This project is aimed to improve the current risk-scoring system employed by NDDP in UK by developing a holistic approach to include visceral obesity into a robust risk scoring system to identify individuals at high risk of developing diabetes in UK, such as South Asians.

This project is in collaboration with Professor Jonathan Wheat, Dr Simon Choppin and Dr David Broom at the Sheffield Hallam University. The ideal candidate should have a relevant degree with strong interest in the subject area and should be willing to commute to the Centre of Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam for data collection. The project involves using 3D surface scanners for the body measurements, image analysis, and development and validation of risk scoring algorithms.

The studentships are open to citizens of the UK or EU only, and cover the full cost of tuition fees and an annual tax-free bursary of £15,009 for three years (RCUK rates). Successful applicants will have a very good first or upper second degree or Masters degree in a relevant subject. The course will begin in September 2019.

To apply, please send your CV and a personal statement to . Please indicate that you wish to apply for the project above and highlight Dr Hamid Merchant, as the supervisor. Please note that the deadline for applications is 25 April 2019.

Please contact Dr Hamid Merchant () for enquiries on the project.

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