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Physiological and Psychological Mechanisms of Resistance to Weight Loss and/or Weight Loss Maintenance

PGR-P-656

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Competition funded
Source of funding
Other
Supervisors
Dr Mark Hopkins
Schools
School of Food Science and Nutrition
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

While it is clear that marked individual variability exists in dietary and exercise-induced weight loss, the adaptive biological and behavioural responses that resist weight loss and drive weight regain remain unclear. As such, there is a need to identify mechanisms that predict successful long-term weight loss and weight loss maintenance. Of particular interest are the responses seen in appetite and food intake during weight loss, with compensatory changes in eating behaviour thought to play an important role in undermining attempts to induce energy deficit and promoting weight relapse Projects related to this theme will examine the physiological and psychological determinants of food intake during dietary and/or exercise-induced weight loss, as a means of:<br /> <br /> 1. Developing models of energy balance that describe the drivers of appetite and energy intake during weight loss.<br /> 2. Identifying physiological, metabolic and behavioral mechanisms that resist weight loss and under-pin weight relapse.<br /> 3. Identifying predictors of successful weight loss maintenance. <br /> <br /> In particular, the successful candidates will examine how changes in components of body composition and energy expenditure influence food reward, appetite and food intake during weight loss. The project may include acute and chronic manipulation of energy balance via diet and exercise, and the successful candidate will ideally be familiar with the measurement of body composition, energy expenditure and food intake. <br /> <br /> A first or upper second class degree, or equivalent, in physiology, nutrition, psychology or sport and exercise science related disciplines.

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is Physiological and Psychological Mechanisms of Resistance to Weight Loss and/or Weight Loss Maintenance as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://environment.leeds.ac.uk/food-nutrition/staff/7167/dr-mark-hopkins">Dr Mark Hopkins</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.5 overall with at least 6.0 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p><strong>Self-funding students are welcome to apply.</strong></p> <p><strong>UK&nbsp;students</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;&nbsp;The&nbsp;<a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/138-leeds-doctoral-scholarships-2021-january-deadline">Leeds Doctoral Scholarship (January deadline)</a>&nbsp;is available to UK applicants. &nbsp;<a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p> <p><strong>Non-UK students</strong>&nbsp;&ndash;The&nbsp;<a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/48-china-scholarship-council-university-of-leeds-scholarships-2021">China Scholarship Council - University of Leeds Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to nationals of China. The&nbsp;<a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/73-leeds-marshall-scholarship">Leeds Marshall Scholarship</a>&nbsp;is available to support US citizens. &nbsp;<a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk/funding/60-alumni-bursary">Alumni Bursary</a> is available to graduates of the University of Leeds.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information regarding your application, please contact Doctoral College Admissions by email:&nbsp; <a href="mailto:maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk">maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk</a> or by telephone:&nbsp; + 44 (0) 113 343 5057</p> <p>For further infora=mation regarding the project, please contact Dr Mark Hopkins by email:&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="mailto:M.Hopkins@leeds.ac.uk">M.Hopkins@leeds.ac.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>


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