Arthritis Research UK (ARUK) have launched a five year research programme to further the understanding of the relationship between exercise, sport, injury and osteoarthritis (OA). This world leading centre comprises 7 partners: Oxford; Leeds; Southampton; Loughborough; UCL; Bath, and the University of Nottingham.
OA is an increasing burden as our population is becoming older, more sedentary and increasingly obese. Exercise is essential for mitigating the impact of OA, and participation in sporting activities is a key target for improving the general health of the nation. However joint injury, an adverse consequence of exercise, contributes to the development of OA. A better understanding of the mechanisms linking sport, exercise, injury and OA is essential in order to develop strategies that will enable the whole community to safely and effectively exercise and participate in sport.
The injury/illness performance project (IIPP) is a longitudinal study in the area of injury and illness epidemiology (based at the University of Nottingham) in high performance sport; combining medical and exposure data collection, and forms one of the cohorts under investigation within the ARUK sport injury and OA centre. The current PhD studentship aims to (1) examine the frequency and nature of injuries in elite athlete populations (2) compare and contrast injury history with retired elite athletes, and (3) explore the prevalence and nature of osteoarthritis in retired Olympic athlete populations.
This is an excellent opportunity to work in an emerging area of multidisciplinary research, gain a PhD and develop leadership skills in preparation for a high-impact research career. Applicants should have, or expect to receive a minimum of UK 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject area. The PhD studentship will cover the cost of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate. International students will be required to fund the difference between the Home/EU and International fee rate. The successful applicant will commence on 1 January 2013 and a Stipend of £15,000 p.a. is available.
A covering letter and CV should be sent to Dr Debbie Palmer-Green firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 07900651950. Please quote ref. MED1119. Closing date: 31 October 2012 at 12 Noon BST.
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