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Obstructive Sleep Apnoea and metabolic syndrome in different ethnicities

Eligibility: UK/International (including EU) graduates with the required entry requirements

Duration: Full-Time – between three and three and a half years fixed term

Application deadline: 27 May 2024

Interview date: Will be confirmed to shortlisted candidates

Start date: September 2024

For further details contact Dr Om P Kurmi


Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is a prevalent breathing disorder associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality from metabolic, cardiovascular and neurocognitive consequences. The prevalence of OSA in the general population is over one billion with ranges between 2% to 50% in men and 2% to 23% in women.

Project details

The prevalence of sleep apnoea is increasing globally; however, population-based studies have reported a wide variation of prevalence estimates, particularly from different ethnicities. In the past few years, several studies have analysed the potential independent contribution of OSA to the pathogenesis of metabolic abnormalities, including obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes/insulin resistance, and dyslipidaemia.

Although the disorder has been well studied in selected high-risk populations, few data exist on its prevalence in the population from different ethnicities and geographical regions, particularly on metabolic dysfunction. Studies in some populations from high-income countries suggest lifestyle interventions, such as diet and exercise programmes could improve both OSA and the metabolic profile. We plan to carry out a study to understand the relationship between OSA and metabolic dysfunction in different ethnicities and test a pilot intervention on lifestyle intervention in the ethnic minority population.


This is a fully-funded studentship, including tuition fees and stipend/bursary.


The successful candidate will receive comprehensive research training including technical, personal and professional skills.

All researchers at Coventry University (from PhD to Professor) are part of the Doctoral College and Centre for Research Capability and Development, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 first degree in a relevant discipline/subject area with a minimum 60% mark in the project element or equivalent with a minimum 60% overall module average.


  • The potential to engage in innovative research and to complete the PhD within a 3.5 years.
  • A minimum of English language proficiency (IELTS academic overall minimum score of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

To find out more about the project, please contact

Dr Om P Kurmi

All applications require full supporting documentation, a covering letter, plus a 2000-word supporting statement showing how the applicant’s expertise and interests are relevant to the project.


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