Fully Funded MSc by Research:
Project Title: Monitoring weight loss, dietary and functional changes of Bariatric surgery patients in Wales
Location: Swansea, UK
Funding: Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a major European Convergence programme led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. Benefiting from European Social Funds (ESF), KESS supports collaborative research projects (Research Masters) with external partners based in the Convergence area of Wales (West Wales and the Valleys). Students need to meet the following eligibility criteria:
• Must be an UK/EU student
• Must live in the Convergence Area of Wales for the duration of their studies (The Convergence Area of Wales comprised the 15 Local Authorities: The Isle of Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire, Gwynedd, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea, Neath and Port Talbot, Bridgend, Rhondda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfill, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly and Torfaen).
Salary: A Masters (MRes) studentship includes a tax-free maintenance grant of £10,130, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances for conference, consumables, training, support and travel costs.
Duration: 1 year
Start Date: before end of October 2014
Eligibility: Ideally, the candidate will have an excellent first degree in physiology, or strong elements of physiology (e.g. Sports Science, Exercise Physiology). Evidence of clinical experience or researching clinical patients would also be advantageous. Importantly, students must live in the ‘convergence area’ (i.e. Swansea, West Wales and the Valleys) and be eligible to work in the area after their study period.
Project Description: The Welsh Institute of Metabolic and Obesity Surgery (WIMOS) at ABMU currently undertakes review of all referrals for bariatric surgery in Wales. WIMOS offers all forms of bariatric surgery including restrictive operations (laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy-LGB) and malabsorptive operations (roux-Y-gastric bypass-RYGB, biliopancreatic diversion-BPD). There is a multidisciplinary team composed of 2 bariatric surgeons, 1 physician, 1 nurse co-ordinator, 1dietician, 1 anaesthetist and psychologist. Individuals elected for bariatric surgery have low functional capacity and yet following surgery are advised to develop a healthy lifestyle. There has been little attention paid to the role of nutrition modifications and physical activity in aiding longer term weight management and concomitant restoration of functional capacity.
The research study is a development of a well-established cross collaboration between the Swansea University and AMBU Health Board theme exploring the underpinning mechanisms of adaptive glycaemic and lipid responses to physical exercise in diabetes and obesity. This study will develop a novel understanding of the working nutritional and physical activity practices that contribute to better weight management in bariatric patients. Understanding the role of nutrient alterations and physical activity will greatly add to our understanding of the successful ingredients of better weight management practices in these cohorts and help them to live a fuller life post-surgery.
How to apply:
The application can be discussed by contacting Dr Richard Bracken (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/academic/engineering/brackenrichard/) or Professor Jeffrey Stephens (http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/medicine/research/stephensjw/).
Please submit (via email) a CV and 2-page covering letter detailing why you believe the post is suitable to you to: firstname.lastname@example.org