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30 January 2008 PR 08/11

Mature men sought for University study

Loughborough University is looking for healthy males aged 60-70 years to take part in a study on muscle and bone health.

Staff at the University’s School of Sport and Exercise Sciences (SSES) are carrying out research into the decline of muscle and bone health in older men, in order to establish the genes that influence muscle health in later life.

Volunteers are asked to take part in two two-hour tests (usually one week apart) to scan their bones and muscles and measure their muscle strength, and to attend one morning for a blood test taking no longer than 10 minutes.

In return, participants will receive a free assessment which will provide details on body composition and feedback on bone and muscle health as well as identifying possible problems and advising on how to slow decline.

Anyone interested in taking part in this important study should contact Tracey McCauley on 07743 458 138 or on email at t.m.mccauley@lboro.ac.uk

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  2. Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research, strong links with industry and unrivalled sporting achievement.

    It is a member of the esteemed 1994 Group – a set of internationally recognised, research intensive universities – and has a reputation for the relevance of its work. Its degree programmes are highly regarded by professional institutions and businesses, and its graduates are consistently targeted by the UK’s top recruiters.

    Loughborough is also the UK’s premier university for sport. It has perhaps the best integrated sports development environment in the world and is home to some of the country’s leading coaches, sports scientists and support staff. It also has the country’s largest concentration of world-class training facilities across a wide range of sports.

    In the 2007 National Student Survey, the University was voted fourth in the UK, with 23 out of 29 of Loughborough’s subject areas being ranked in the top ten for overall satisfaction. Loughborough is also ranked in the top fifteen of UK universities in national league tables. It was named winner of the 2006 and 2007 Times Higher award for the UK’s Best Student Experience and winner of the 2007 award for Outstanding Support for Overseas Students. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, the University has been awarded six Queen's Anniversary Prizes – an achievement bettered by no other university.

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