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PhD position: Remission of Type 2 diabetes though weight management using a hypocaloric diet


Project Description

Background and rationale for the research project

Type 2 diabetes (T2D), a chronic disease strongly associated with obesity, is extremely burdensome for both the individual and society. Emerging research has linked a low-energy diet to the remission of T2D, suggesting that it may no longer be a lifelong condition as previously suggested. While previous studies typically employed a diet mainly consisting of meal replacements, a hypocaloric food-based approach has not been yet fully considered.

This project will explore whole-food dietary strategies that could lead to both the remission of T2D, and be used in routine primary care. The study will also assess the effect of diet on the amelioration of cardio metabolic factors in this particular context. Potential mechanisms involved in remission (such as liver fat and lipid metabolism) will be explored.

The applicant

The successful applicant should have at least a 2.1 Honours or equivalent in Nutrition or science degree. They will demonstrate a strong interest and motivation in the topic and show good communication and writing skills. They will be willing to carry out their data collection in a hospital setting. They will have the ability to think analytically and creatively.

Previous experience in working in an interdisciplinary research environment is highly desirable but not necessary.

We will offer necessary training and support to successful applicants.

Funding Notes

This position is self-funded and is open to EU, UK and international students. For more information, please email Dr Grace Farhat ( ) or Dr Richard Webb ().

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