31 May 2014

Effect of physical activity on fluoride metabolism

An enhanced stipend of £15,000 per annum is offered to a strong candidate for a full time PhD scholarship within the Health and Social Care Institute, Teesside University. The scholarship is funded by Teesside University, and will be for three years, subject to satisfactory progress. 

Building on existing strong programmes of research in the Institute into both fluoride and physical activity, this research project will link the two areas of expertise in an innovative project. The aim of this research project is to investigate the effect of exercise on fluoride metabolism in human subjects by measuring urinary fluoride excretion and peak plasma fluoride concentration following exercise at different intensity levels. 

Dental caries is still a significant public health problem in a large number of high income countries, affecting 60-90% of school children and is an increasing problem in developing countries. Due to the well established protective effect of fluoride against dental caries, it is added to the water supply, table salt or milk in some countries. There is very limited and contradictory evidence on how exercise might influence fluoride metabolism. This important research programme will help to build an understanding of the impact of exercise on fluoride absorption, excretion and retention in the body, which consequently will help provide a robust evidence base for stakeholders and decision makers in dental public health as well as other health professionals who may wish to review the fluoride dose and time of administration. 

The student will be provided with a unique opportunity to undertake work with a strong supervisory team and make a significant contribution to an area where there is a real gap in understanding. The supervisory team will be Dr Vida Zohoori and Dr Liane Azevedo. 

Entry Requirements 
Applicants should hold or expect to obtain a good honours degree (2.1 or above) and/or Masters level qualification in a relevant discipline. The successful applicant will have good analytical skills. It is desirable that the applicant will have laboratory skills and/or experience of physical activity measurement.

I wonder who funds this?

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