The gut microbiome in children with PWS: a fiber intervention

Grad Student Position Details

Project Title
The gut microbiome in children with PWS: a fiber intervention

Degree Program
MSc

Supervisor
Andrea Haqq

Professorial Rank
Associate Professor

Department
Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science

Project Start Date
09/03/2019

Project Description:

Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) is the most common syndromic form of childhood obesity. The aim of this study is to determine if a fiber intervention in children with PWS has significant effect on degree of hyperphagia and metabolic parameters. Objectives: Analyze changes in microbial composition and function by 16s rRNA sequencing and targeted metabolomics, changes in hyperphagia scores, gastrointestinal hormones (acylated-ghrelin, peptide-YY, insulin, GLP-1), serum metabolites, and inflammatory markers.
A Masters degree in health sciences or a related field will be considered an asset.
Candidates should email Dr. Haqq their CV and a cover letter describing their skills for this position. Note that funding is only available for the first 2 years of the program. The PhD student will need to apply for additional funding. The candidate will need to plan the application with sufficient time to allow supporting documentation to arrive by the deadline date.

Keywords
Prader-Willi Syndrome, fiber intervention, gut microbiome

Contact Email
haqq@ualberta.ca

Other Contact Information

Website
http://www.ualberta.ca/medicine/about/people/andrea-haqq

Stipend Amount/year
$ 21,000.00