The impact of exercise combined with dietary supplementation on musculoskeletal health in older people at risk of cognitive decline

Population ageing is leading to an increasing number of people living with cognitive impairment and dementia, which has been associated with an increased risk of falls and injuries. Sarcopenia or the age-related loss in muscle mass, strength and function, is now recognised as a growing public health concern, increasing the risk of low trauma fracture, disability, morbidity, and reducing quality of life in older people. Multi-target interventions incorporating structured exercise programs with dietary supplementation have the potential to benefit multiple physiological processes involved in aging and to improve cognitive function and quality of life in the elderly.

Applications are invited for a PhD student to work under the supervision of Professor Robin Daly and Dr Helen Macpherson at IPAN.

This project will investigate the effects of a multi-faceted lifestyle intervention comprised of exercise combined with dietary supplementation on musculoskeletal and cognitive health and function, in older people at risk of cognitive decline. 

This project would suit applicants with a background in exercise science, exercise physiology, biomedical sciences, physiotherapy or nutrition.

Applicants should have a minimum of upper second class honours or the equivalent as outlined on the research degrees and master's entry pathways page.

We will work with suitably qualified applicants to apply for scholarship funding.

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