Your Muscles Matter – The Sarcopenia Study

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department / Centre
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Western Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Alan Hayes hayes.a@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr. David Scott d.scott@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary Sarcopenia is associated with age-related loss of muscle mass and strength that can lead to reduced mobility, falls, fractures, loss of independence, and can become life threatening if undiagnosed and untreated. Sarcopenia is now formally recognised as a disease, which will increase awareness, diagnosis, and interest in treatments.

Project Details

Early diagnosis is important as increasing evidence demonstrates therapeutic interventions, particularly resistance training, can improve health and quality of life outcomes for those with or at risk of sarcopenia.

This project is in collaboration with Uniting AgeWell and will involve clients enrolled in exercise programs at their Allied Health and Therapy Centres at Forest Hill, Oakleigh, Noble Park, and Hawthorn. Research participants will include clients who live at home or in residential care. Body composition, physical function and quality of life assessments will occur at study commencement, and at six months and twelve months following an exercise intervention to assess muscle mass, strength and functional capability to assess sarcopenia prevalence and risk.


School Research Themes

Ageing, Musculoskeletal



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students
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 / Centre

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Western Health

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