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The efficacy of a leucine-enriched whey protein for improving muscle health in older adults

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

By as soon as next year, 20% of the UK population will be over the age of 65-years, dramatically increasing pressures upon health and social care. Muscle mass is a strong predictor of healthy ageing and longevity, with maintenance of this controlled via a dynamic equilibrium between muscle protein synthesis (MPS) and breakdown (MPB). We know that ageing is associated with a progressive loss of muscle mass and function due to a complex, incipient disease known as sarcopenia which begins mid-life; however, the full underlying aetiology of this condition is not yet known. One known contributor to the development of sarcopenia is the “anabolic resistance” of skeletal muscle with advancing chronological age, whereby older muscle is not able to mount the same anabolic, or “maintenance” responses to key anabolic stimuli (namely amino acid nutrition and contractile activity) as in youth. Given the large potential health and societal impact of strategies to prevent or attenuate sarcopenia, this studentship, as a joint venture between the UoN, UoB and AFI, will aim to determine the efficacy of a novel protein supplement for overcoming anabolic resistance, as both a stand-alone strategy and as an adjuvant to resistance exercise training

Industry partner Dr Mads Sørensen Larsen, Arla Foods (AFI)

Funding Notes

The studentships will commence in October 2020, and a stipend (£15,009 for 2019/20) and fee waiver for 3.5 years is available for UK applicants, plus research training support grant, travel and laptop allowance.

Fully funded studentships are available for UK applicants. EU applicants able to confirm that they have been resident in the UK for at least three years before October 2020 may also be eligible for a full award. EU students who are not able to prove that they meet the residency criteria may apply for a fees only award.

Interviews take place week commencing 17 February 2020.

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