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The APPLE Study (Asking People with Psoriasis about their Lifestyle and Eating): examining associations between diet and psoriasis severity


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About the Project

The APPLE Study (Asking People with Psoriasis about their Lifestyle and Eating) aims to address one of the commonest questions that people living with psoriasis ask: whether changes in diet could be helpful for their skin. Therefore, providing evidence-based dietary guidance is a key priority.

This PhD project aims to address this unmet need by firstly, examining the current diet patterns of people living with psoriasis around the UK, in addition to lifestyle factors such as sleep and exercise. Associations between diet and severity of psoriasis will be investigated. Secondly, a dietary intervention trial will investigate the efficacy of the Mediterranean diet in combination with time-restricted eating in improving psoriasis and risk factors for heart disease such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Circulating inflammatory markers will be measured at the beginning and end of the study.

The study brings together a unique group of UK experts in dermatology and nutrition. The PhD candidate will be a registered dietitian who, at the end of the study, will have developed expertise in the specific needs and challenges faced by people living with psoriasis when it comes to the decisions around what, and when, they should eat.

How To Apply

Please visit the King’s Apply website (https://apply.kcl.ac.uk/ ) and follow the steps outlined below:

  • Register a new account and login.
  • Open a new application.
  • Select the programme: “Life Course Science Research MPhil/PhD” (Full-time)’.
  • Complete and submit your application noting the following:
  • Include name of First Supervisor
  • Include a supporting personal statement
  • 2 References
  • CV
  • Funding –select drop-down ‘4. Grant Awarding Body’. For the award status, select 'Advertised Scholarship'.

The application deadline is 23:59 on 20th August 2021. 

The start date for this studentship is 1st October 2021.

If you have any queries, please contact Dr Wendy Hall [Email Address Removed]. 


Funding Notes

The sponsor for this studentship is Psoriasis Association, and the duration of the award is 3 years. Funding type is stipend: £17,000 per annum for 3 years. This is a full-time studentship available to UK students.