Intense exercise training and/or heat stress lead to various immune and gastrointestinal disturbances, which may impair performance and reduce heat tolerance. Supplementation with probiotics has a variety of health benefits including alleviating inflammatory conditions, reducing the incidence and severity of gastrointestinal disorders and improving immune function. To date the ability of probiotics to dampen endotoxin stimulated inflammatory responses in the heat and influence other aspects of exercise induced immune suppression is currently unknown. The overall aim of the PhD is to investigate the influence of probiotics on exercise associated inflammation and immune modulation.
Research questions include:
The candidates will be enthusiastic and self-motivated with a strong interest in the areas of exercise immunology and performance enhancement. A first class honours degree or a Masters degree in Exercise Science or Exercise Physiology is required.
|Contact:||Dr Cecilia Shing
|Phone:||+61 3 6324 5484|
Authorised by the Dean of Graduate Research
2 October, 2009