Factors that influence dietary nitrate metabolism and its role in cardiovascular health PhD
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences
- Entry requirements:
- 3 years
- Not available
- Reference number:
- UK/EU fees:
- International fees:
- Application deadline:
- 10 October 2018
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In choosing Loughborough for your research, you’ll work alongside academics who are leaders in their field. You will benefit from comprehensive support and guidance from our Doctoral College, including tailored careers advice, to help you succeed in your research and future career.
Dietary supplementation with inorganic nitrate has emerged as a promising nutritional intervention to improve cardiovascular health. The positive effect of dietary nitrate supplementation on cardiovascular health has been attributed to an increase in nitric oxide bioavailability via the so-called nitrate-nitrite-nitric oxide pathway. This project aims to improve understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the improvement in cardiovascular health following dietary nitrate supplementation.
Working as part of a collaborative and inter-disciplinary team, the successful candidate will oversee well-controlled human nutritional interventions and receive training in non-invasive procedures to assess cardiovascular function and analytical techniques for the assessment of nitric oxide intermediates, including ozone-based chemiluminescence, to address the overall research question.
The School of Sport Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEH) will provide an excellent environment in which to develop your research career. The National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) provides a world-class research facility with the ability to conduct high-quality scientific research and to translate research findings into evidence-based interventions to improve the health and wellbeing of the nation.
Primary supervisors: Dr Stephen Bailey
Secondary supervisors: Dr Emma O'Donnell and Dr Lewis James
Applicants should have, or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in physiology, nutrition, biomedical science, biochemistry, exercise science or a related subject.
A relevant Master’s degree and/or experience in one or more of these topics, as well as experience running human nutrition trials, completing vascular measures and wet lab experience, will be an advantage.
All students must also meet the minimum English Language requirements.
Fees and funding
Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, IT equipment and other support services. University fees and charges can be paid in advance and there are several methods of payment, including online payments and payment by instalment. Special arrangements are made for payments by part-time students.
This is an open call for candidates who are sponsored or who have their own funding. If you do not have funding, you may still apply, however Institutional funding is not guaranteed. Outstanding candidates (UK/EU/International) without funding will be considered for funding opportunities which may become available in the School.