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Sport and Exercise Sciences PhD Scholarship: The effects of hydroxy gas therapy in people with Parkinson’s.


School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

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Ms A Chislett , Dr Steve Meadows , Prof John Dickinson No more applications being accepted Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences invites applications for a full-time PhD Scholarship to investigate the effects of hydroxy gas on motor and non-motor symptoms, markers of oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in people with Parkinson’s (PwP). 

 Due to the progressive nature of Parkinson’s, cognitive function (including executive function, attention, memory, language and visual-spatial processing), ambulatory activity and gait speed typically deteriorate over time (Braak et al. 2005; Cavanaugh et al., 2015; Halliday et al., 2008). Such impairments may increase the risk of falling, especially under dual-task conditions, which requires simultaneous performance of cognitive and motor tasks (e.g., walking while performing tasks such as talking or carrying an object) (Kelly et al., 2012; Raffegeau et al., 2019). Recent evidence has suggested beneficial effects from molecular hydrogen therapy, but the majority of studies are in animals. One pilot study showed beneficial effects of daily molecular hydrogen intake (in water) on Parkinson’s related symptoms (Yoritaka et al., 2013) using the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), although a larger follow-up was less convincing. There is preliminary evidence, however, for hydroxy gas inhalation being more efficacious than drinking hydrogen-rich water and further human research is required in this area. In particular, research exploring the time course of effects, and the physiological or biochemical mechanisms responsible for any benefits, should they exist, is needed.  

Requirements 

The successful candidate should have an interest in health, ageing and disease conditions, and in particular Parkinson’s. Applicants should have a good Honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate subject (e.g. Sports Science, Exercise Science, Health Science, Physiology, Human Biology, or another related discipline. Note: this is not an exhaustive list). An MSc in a relevant subject is desirable, but not essential. This scholarship is part funded by an industry partner (Osmio Water, Kent) so experience of completing research projects working with industry partners would be an advantage.  

How to Apply

Applications to the University of Kent should be completed online at https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/154/sport-and-exercise-science-and-sports-therapy

As part of this application please provide a 1500 word research proposal, including a brief review of relevant literature and outline for a potential first study that you could undertake as part of the PhD.

More specific details about the project can be obtained by emailing Dr. Glen Davison ([Email Address Removed]).

Note that the project will be co-supervised by Dr. Steve Meadows ([Email Address Removed]) and Prof. John Dickinson ([Email Address Removed]) from the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Closing Date for applications: 10th March 2021

Interviews to be held: Week commencing 5th April 2021

Further details about the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences

The School of Sport and Exercise Sciences is a leading department for the study of exercise and health-related sciences that is friendly, dynamic and innovative. We are an ambitious academic department, and our aim is to establish the University of Kent as a premier institution for Sport, Exercise and Health-related research. The School is currently based at the University of Kent’s Medway Campus but will be relocating to the Canterbury Campus for the start of the 2021 academic year (commencing September 2021, further details can be found here: https://www.kent.ac.uk/student/school-relocations/sport-sciences). The Canterbury Campus is a safe, friendly, well-equipped campus in a desirable location. The move to the Canterbury campus will also bring enhanced sport and recreation facilities for staff and students (see: https://www.kent.ac.uk/sports/facilities).

Please visit our website for more information on the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences: https://www.kent.ac.uk/sport-sciences


Funding Notes

This scholarship will cover tuition fees at the Home/EU rate plus a stipend equivalent to the maintenance grant offered by the UK Research Councils (£15,285 per year in 2020-21).
The studentship will be offered for one year in the first instance, and extended to a maximum of three years in total subject to satisfactory academic performance at the end of the first year.


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