MRes: Determination of the digestibility, bio-availability and utilisation
of selected protein sources to improve muscle mass maintenance in older adults
Tuesday, 31st August 2021
Principal supervisor : Prof Philip Atherton (School of Medicine)
Other supervisors :
Dr Matthew Brook (School of Life Sciences),
Dr Bethan Phillips (School of Medicine)
Background: The School of Medicine (SoM) has a mission to improve
people's health and wellbeing by outstanding education and research, with a
vision to embrace innovations that develop skilled and adaptable doctors,
healthcare professionals and scientists. The research team supervising this
MRes are active in teaching, researching and promoting mental wellbeing and
equality, diversion and inclusion. This fee's for this 12-month studentship
are funded by the NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
Project description: By 2020, over 20% of the UK population will be over
65 years of age, dramatically increasing pressure on health and social care.
Muscle mass is a strong predictor of healthy ageing and longevity, and
essential amino acids (consumed in the form of dietary protein) are known
anabolic stimuli to help maintain muscle mass by stimulating muscle protein
synthesis. However, this stimulation does not occur to the same extent in
older adults as in younger people. This MRes study will use dual isotope
techniques to determine the digestibility, bioavailability and utilization of
different protein sources, and the subsequent impact of MPS and associated
signaling pathway, in older adults. The student will be responsible for day-
to-day project management, including participant recruitment and retention,
laboratory analysis, and data collection and analysis. In addition, the
student will be required to prepare an MRes thesis for submission to the
University of Nottingham.
Further information and application:
Applicants should have either
a medical degree
a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree
a 2.2 degree and a Master's degree in Physiology or similar.
The ideal candidate will have experience of human physiology research and an
understanding of ageing physiology.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to the principal supervisor:
Candidates should apply online https:// www. nottingham.ac.uk/pgstudy/how-to-
apply/apply-online.aspx and include a CV. When completing the online
application form, please select the School of Medicine, then Master of
Research (MRes) and, once submitted, send your application ID number to
email@example.com. Any queries regarding the application process
should be addressed to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences
Postgraduate Education Team, (email: SS-PGR-MHS@exmail.nottingham.ac.uk).
1st October 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.
Closing date :
Recruitment will be closed when suitable candidates have been identified.
Early application is strongly encouraged.
Eligibility for Funding
This is a fee-funded studentship open to UK nationals. This means that the
student will not be liable for fees. Please note, there is no stipend attached
to this MRes. EU and international applicants are also welcome to apply,
however international university tuition fees will apply. From 1st August
2021, EU and international students will be liable for tuition fees at the
international rate and must be able to fund the difference between “Home” and
“Overseas” tuition fees themselves. For Home student eligibility guidelines,
please refer to the following: https: // www. ukri.org/wp-
Information for candidates ( pdf doc )