Self-funded PhD Opportunities

The role of exercise testing in elective and non-elective surgical screening and the effect of exercise prescription in managing surgical risk

  • Application end date: Applications accepted all year round
  • Funding Availability: Self-funded PhD students only
  • Department: Department of Sport and Exercise Science
  • PhD Supervisor: Dr Andy Scott (andrew.scott@port.ac.uk)
  • The role of exercise testing in elective and non-elective surgical screening and the effect of exercise prescription in managing surgical risk. Pre-surgical exercise testing is increasingly commonplace in UK hospitals to enhance post-surgical management, however there is sparse evidence of exercise interventions to enhance post-surgical prognosis. This project aims to investigate the optimisation of exercise to enhance post-operative outcomes. Such projects may involve patient groups or apparently healthy participants for pilot study purposes.
  • The interaction of nutritional supplementation and exercise on health outcomes in individuals with chronic disease. Areas of particular interest include optimising protein/creatine supplementation in patients with sarcopenia secondary to another chronic disease, mechanisms of effect of dietary nitrate on exercise physiology in patients with heart disease, and combinations of exercise/functional foods on exercise capacity in patients with peripheral arterial disease.
  • Physical activity for type II diabetes; aerobic vs resistance training in lean vs obese patients with diabetes. This project aims to investigate optimal exercise training procedures for enhancing health gains through exercise for patients with type II diabetes with varying morphology.
  • Evaluating exercise referral services. Structured and supervised exercise has been demonstrated to improve numerous health outcomes. This project aims to investigate models of best practice and identify areas requiring optimisation in community exercise referral services, possibly with an emphasis on a specific referred medical condition.
  • Exercise service provision for patients with cardiac, pulmonary and diabetes conditions. This project aims to investigate the efficacy of exercise provision for patients with one of the services, such as increasing PA in patients with chronic heart failure, increasing PA in DESMOND attendees, enhancing exercise maintenance in COPD and facilitating graduation from phase III to phase 4 in patients with cardiovascular disease. This project could also investigate the feasibility of using established clinical exercise services for other non-commissioned clinical disorders/services.