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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 project.

    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 the programme.

    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:

    • Examine the individual effect of sodium, glycerol, and creatine on hydration level and dehydration symptoms
    • Examine the combined effect of sodium, glycerol, and creatine on hydration level and dehydration symptoms

    For further information about the project please contact:

    Supervisor: Dr Alaaddine El Chab via e-mail: a.el-chab@brookes.ac.uk