The power of human muscle

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
2
Number of Master Places Available
2
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof. Andrea Maier andrea.maier@mh.org.au 0418737011 Personal web page

Summary This project will determine the risk factors of muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance decline during hospitalization and determine intervention factors related to improvement of muscle health in hospitalized patients.

Project Details

Muscle is one of the most powerful, but neglected organs of our human body. Physical inactivity leads to immediate significant decrease in volume and therewith muscle function, whereas recovery of function is hard to accomplish without dedicated intervention. The multisite EMPOWER-GR study aims to 1. evaluate the course of muscle mass and function during acute hospitalization and geriatric rehabilitation and 2. intervene by use of dedicated strength and nutritional interventions during geriatric rehabilitation to increase muscle mass and function. The EMPOWER-GR study is based on results of the EMPOWER I study conducted in the acute patient setting, indicating the urgent need for individualized interventions to preserve physical function in the aged patient.

This project will determine the risk factors of muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance decline during hospitalization and determine intervention factors related to improvement of muscle health in hospitalized patients.

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Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing, Musculoskeletal



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

@AgeMelbourne

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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