News from our ACT/BRC internal research fellows:
Peter Hartley (fellow 2016-2017) has been awarded a Dunhill Medical Trust Doctoral Research Fellowship for his research into ‘Investigating and Preventing Loss of Muscle Strength in Frail Older Adults Admitted to Hospital with an Acute Medical Illness’. Peter’s research will focus on determining the changes that occur in muscle strength in older adults when admitted to hospital, and the feasibility of testing a simple exercise programme to maintain muscle strength. Loss of muscle strength can result in loss of physical function, and may be the difference between an older adult being able to continue to live independently after discharge or needing to move into some form of assisted living. For more information on Peter’s research: http://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/category/news/page/3/
Peter will be supervised by Professor Christi Deaton, Dr. Roman Romero-Ortuno, and Dr. Ian Wellwood.
We are very pleased to announce that Gillian Gatiss (fellow 2015-2016) has been awarded a HEE/NIHR Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowship beginning 2017. Gillian’s research proposal is titled ‘Improving Nutritional Status in Patients with Liver Cirrhosis Through More Accurate and Individualised Nutritional Treatment.’ The aim of this research is to help patients with liver cirrhosis to become better nourished by individualising the nutritional treatment they receive. Her research will determine if hand-held indirect calorimeters are more accurate than predictive equations in determining the energy requirements of these patients (by comparing them to research standard indirect calorimeters); compare feelings of satiety and gut hormone responses to eating between patients with cirrhosis and healthy volunteers; and explore the factors affecting patients’ capacity to eat and meet their energy requirements.
Gillian will be supervised by Professor Christi Deaton, Dr. Mike Allison, and Dr. Angela Madden, who is at the University of Hertfordshire.
We are pleased to announce the 2018/2019 ACT/BRC internal research fellows are Faye Forsyth and Maria Martin-Saez (Lead Occupational Therapist, Stroke and Neuro Rehab).
The 2017/18 ACT/BRC internal research fellows were Lynsey Spillman (liver transplant dietitian) and Claire Adams (Severe insulin resistance and diabetes nurse). Information about current and previous fellows can be found here:
Peter Hartley (fellow 2016-17) has had a paper accepted in the journal Age and Ageing:
Hartley P, Gibbons N, Saunders A, Alexander K, Conroy E, Dixon R, Lang J, Luckett J, Luddington T, Romero-Ortuno R. The association between cognitive impairment and functional outcome in hospitalised older patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Age and Ageing. 2017.