The underestimated power of human muscle

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Andrea Maier Personal web page
Dr Camilla Tuttle

Project Details

Muscle is one of the most powerful, but most 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 EMPOWER II 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 II study is based on results of the EMPOWER I study conducted in the acute patient setting (papers in press), indicating the urgent need for individualized interventions to preserve physical function in the aged patient.

Prerequisite: conduct epidemiological studies / interventions, epidemiological/statistical skills, good communication skills, capacity to work in a multidisciplinary team.

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Research Opportunities

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

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre


Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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