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From time to time, opportunities to work with experienced researchers on current research projects, as part of a degree of PhD programme, become available. These research student places do not provide any funding to cover the cost of fees and stipend, and would be open to candidates who were qualified to undertake the research degree, and could fully fund the programme themselves or from another external sponsor of source.
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Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
3 year, full-time, self-funded PhD opportunity
Project Title: The effect of overhydration strategies on hydration
level and dehydration symptoms during Ramadan fasting.
The Department of Sport, Health Sciences and Social
Work – Nutrition are pleased to
offer the following opportunity for a self-funded candidate who is interested in
applying for a place as a PhD student to work with experienced researchers on
This will be a 3 year, full-time PhD
programme and the successful candidate must be able to fully fund all costs
associated with undertaking the PhD at Oxford Brookes University. This will
include: the cost of the course fees, bench fees and other
maintenance costs for the duration of
PhD position: 3 year, full-time, self-funded PhD
Value: No funding is provided for this PhD position
Closing Date: 15 October 2018
Start date: week beginning 25 January 2019
Eligibility: a good Honours degree (2.1 or equivalent), educated to degree level
equivalent to a UK degree which was taught in English in a majority English speaking
country or a valid IELTS with level 6 in each of the four components with an overall
minimum score 7.0.
Director of Studies: Dr Miriam Clegg
Supervisor: Dr Alaaddine El-Chab
During the 9th month (Ramadan) of the Islamic
calendar many millions of adult Muslims all over the world fast during the
daylight hours. Since Hijra is a lunar calendar, Ramadan occurs at different
times in the seasonal year over a 33-year cycle. Fasting during Ramadan is
partial because the abstention from food and fluid is from dawn to sunset. The
time of dawn and sunset varies between 12 h at the equator and about 22 h at
the 64° of latitude in summertime. The effect on health and wellbeing of the
month-long intermittent fast and fluid restriction has been studied in normal
healthy individuals in many countries. Researchers have examined several
physiological and psychological metrics such as energy intake, body weight,
body composition, lipid profile, and hormonal changes.
A number of studies have investigated the
effect on mood and irritability of individuals during the Ramadan fast. These
studies invariably show increased incidences of headaches, a decrease in
subjective feelings of alertness, and an increase in irritability during the
daytime fast. Part of this mood change is caused by energy and fluid intake. In
those Muslims with psychosomatic complaints or headaches during Ramadan,
intermittent dehydration may be a more important pathogenic factor than
intermittent energy restriction. Therefore, an overhydration strategy such as
those used by athletes competing in long distance events and/or in hot
environments might help reduce the level of dehydration during Ramadan fasting.
Whether this strategy can help reduce dehydration level and its symptoms during
Ramadan fasting is yet to be tested. Therefore, the aim of this project is to
examine the effect of different overhydration strategies on hydration level and
dehydration symptoms during fasting.
This project will:
For further information about
the project please contact:
Supervisor: Dr Alaaddine El Chab via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org