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PhD Scholarships: Sports Science and Bio-Mechanics

PhD Scholarships Thursday 4 June 2015

Liverpool Hope has launched a series of PhD Scholarships and welcomes applications from outstanding individuals of a high calibre to pursue PhD research at Liverpool Hope University in selected areas. We are seeking confident, innovative postgraduates with a record of achievement to undertake a broad range of thematic and inter-disciplinary projects. This call is open to both UK/EU and international applicants.

You can find full details about the Scholarships on the PhD Scholarships webpage or you can also contact Research Officer Mr Chris Lowry quoting '2015 Vice-Chancellor's PhD Scholarships' for more information, by emailing

The Scholarships available will be selected from a range of specific project. Over the coming weeks, will profile the details of these areas of research.


Sports Science and Bio-Mechanics


Investigating the visuomotor and cortical mechanisms behind learning to use a prosthetic hand

Principal Investigator: Dr Greg Wood

This project will examine eye-hand co-ordination while learning to use a myoelectric prosthetic hand. Myoelectric hands use electronic sensors to detect the muscle activity of the user which is then translated into information that its electric motors use to control hand movements. Dr Greg Wood, together with Dr Sam Vine (University of Exeter), has recently acquired funding from the Royal Society to build a prosthetic hand simulator that can be fitted to able-bodied individuals. Using this equipment this three-year project will examine the visuomotor and cortical mechanisms behind how patients (re)learn to reach and grasp objects in everyday tasks and will investigate the efficacy of training interventions designed to expedite this rehabilitation process.

Candidates must have a postgraduate qualification in a relevant discipline (e.g., Psychology, Human Movement Science, Sport Psychology) and it would also be advantageous to have theoretical knowledge and practical experience of using mobile eye-tracking technology and/or EEG equipment. However, training on such equipment will be given.


The Multidimensional Effect of Supervised Exercise Training on Musculoskeletal Function and Health-Related Quality of Life in Age-Related Sarcopenia

Principal Investigator: Dr Omid Alizadehkhaiyat

Muscle mass and muscle efficiency, two key components of muscle power necessary to perform activities of daily living, both deteriorate with age as a result of ‘sarcopenia’. Sarcopenia is a syndrome characterised by progressive and generalised loss of skeletal muscle mass and strength associated with ageing. These changes diminish functional ability in daily activities leading to loss of independence, increased risk of falls, and reduced quality of life. Regular exercise is the only strategy found to consistently prevent frailty and improve sarcopenia and physical function in older adults. Yet, it remains unclear what type of exercise is the best suited and most effective to reverse the effects of sarcopenia.

This study will focus on the multidimensional impact of exercise interventions on key and inter-related musculoskeletal factors essential for an active and independent life. Participants (adults aged >65) will be assigned into different supervised exercise intervention groups. A battery of pre- and post-intervention outcome measures will be applied to identify key changes and adaptations in response to exercise intervention including, Skeletal Muscle Mass, Physical Performance, Muscle Strength, Muscle Activation Patterns, Balance, and Gait Analysis, and Quality of Life.

This study aims to determine if key elements of musculoskeletal function associated with poor physical performance and function are altered by exercise regimens. The long term aim is to develop evidence-based strategies for promoting and reinforcing exercise based interventions for the management of sarcopenia.

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