New nutritional strategies for the treatment and management of gestational diabetes

Supervisor(s)

Please contact Dr Matthew Campbell to discuss this project further informally.

Project description

Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) affects an estimated 8-20% of pregnant women, making it one of the most common medical complications in pregnancy. Adverse pregnancy outcomes of GDM are mainly related to maternal hyperglycaemia, with mothers as well as their offspring predisposed to a substantially increased risk of short- and long-term complications resulting in increased intensive care admissions and prolonged hospital stay, and significant economic burden.

Structured nutritional guidance is provided to GDM women for managing blood glucose levels during pregnancy. However, about 50% of women being treated for GDM require pharmacological treatment to keep their postprandial blood glucose levels within targets. This indicates that current nutritional recommendations are inadequate for a substantial proportion of GDM women.

In this research group, we examine the impact of nutritional strategies in the prevention, treatment and management of gestational diabetes. The student will join a multidisciplinary team which has extensive experience in nutritional interventions and the clinical management of gestational diabetes.

Entry requirements

Applications are invited from candidates with or expecting a minimum of a UK upper second class honours degree (2:1 or above or equivalent), and/or a Master's degree in a relevant science subject. Suitable candidates will demonstrate a strong background in basic, human, and/or clinical nutrition and/or food science.

If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University's minimum English Language requirements.

How to apply

Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the university's website. Please state clearly in the research information section that the PhD you wish to be considered for is 'PhD in New nutritional strategies for the treatment and management of gestational diabetes' as well as Dr Matthew Campbell as your proposed supervisor.
 
We welcome scholarship 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.

If you require any further information please contact the Graduate School Office e: maps.pgr.admissions@leeds.ac.uk