Research course

Early Life Nutrition and Disease

Institution
University of Nottingham · School of Medicine
Qualifications
PhDDMMPhilMSc by research

Entry requirements

Candidates who wish to register for a PhD will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:1 (or international equivalent) classification; candidates who wish to register for a DM will require a registrable medical qualification. Evidence of research activity, including BMedSci or BSc degrees, will be an advantage; candidates who wish to register for an MRes, MSc (by research) or MPhil degree will be required to possess a first degree with at least 2:2 (or international equivalent) classification.

Months of entry

December, October, July, April, February

Course content

The Early Life Research Unit has an established internationally-recognised research programme investigating the impact of diet in early life on later health and disease based in the Division of Child Health, Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

We undertake endocrine, metabolic and molecular studies in order to measure the impact of maternal diet on the physiology of pregnancy plus fetal and postnatal growth in both humans and a range of animal models. These have identified candidate mediators and mechanisms for early life programming and how they may influence later energy balance. We are thus able to examine nutritional interventions designed to prevent adverse adipose tissue development and later hypertension.

We are also conducting novel studies examining the impact of environmental challenges during pregnancy, lactation or juvenile life in order to establish the short- and long-term health outcomes, together with the extent to which risk of later obesity can be programmed in early life.

We have been lead members of a European Union Sixth Framework Programme Integrated Project on programming effects of early nutrition on long-term health entitled Early Nutrition Programming - long-term follow up of efficacy and safety trials and integrated epidemiological, genetic, animal, consumer and economic research (EARNEST). Additional funding is held from the British Heart Foundation and Medical Research Council (MRC) and University of Nottingham Special Trustees.

Qualification and course duration

PhD

full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months

DM

part time
72-96 months
full time
36-48 months

MPhil

part time
48 months
full time
24 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Name
Postgraduate Enquiries
Email
postgraduate-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk
Phone
+44 (0)115 951 5559