Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions

MSCA-IF: Joint application at the University of Granada. Department of Physical Education and Sports.

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    01/07/2020 13:00 - Europe/Brussels
    H2020 / Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    Spain, Granada
    International Research Projects Office
    Promotion and Advisory Unit

Professor Luis Gracia Marco, from the Department of Physical Education and Sports at the University of Granada, welcomes postdoctoral candidates interested in applying for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Individual Fellowships (MSCA-IF) in 2020 at this University. Please note that applicants must comply with the Mobility Rule (more information: http://sl.ugr.es/0aNV).

Brief description of the institution:

The University of Granada (UGR), founded in 1531, is one of the largest and most important universities in Spain. The UGR has been awarded with the "Human Resources Excellence in Research (HRS4R)", which reflects the UGR’s commitment to continuously improve its human resource policies in line with the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers. The UGR is also a leading institution in research, located in the top 5/10 of Spanish universities by a variety of ranking criteria, such as national R&D projects, fellowships awarded, publications, or international funding.

UGR is one of the few Spanish Universities listed in the Shanghai Top 500 ranking (http://sl.ugr.es/0aw0). The Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) places the UGR in 268th position in the world and as the 4th highest ranked University in Spain, reaffirming its position as an institution at the forefront of national and international research. From the perspective of specialist areas in the ARWU rankings, the UGR is outstanding in Documentation (ranked in the 36th in the world) or Food science technology (ranked 37th in the world), Mathematics and Computer Science (ranked among the top 76-100 in the world).

The UGR has 4 researchers at the top of the Highly Cited Researchers (HCR) list in the Computer Science area. With regard to broader subject fields, the UGR is ranked in 45th position in the universities worldwide in the discipline of Engineering. It is also well recognized for its web presence (http://sl.ugr.es/0a6i) taking 36th place in the top 200 Universities in Europe. Internationally, we bet decidedly by our participation in the calls of the Framework Programme of the European Union. For the duration of the last two Framework Programmes, the UGR has obtained a total of 66 projects, with total funding of 18.02 million euros, and for H2020, 80 projects with total funding around 20.6 million euros.

Brief description of the Centre/Research Group

The PROFITH research group, PROmoting FITness and Health through Physical activity (https://profith.ugr.es/).

The PROFITH research group (no. CTS-977) is a young, enthusiastic and highly competitive group. Our overall goal is to advance the current scientific knowledge in a way that contributes to create a healthier society by means of examining the beneficial effects of physical activity on individuals’ health with and without disease and of any age.

Our main research lines/interests are:

  • Assessment of physical fitness
  • Assessment of physical activity and sleep
  • Epidemiology of physical activity and health
  • Exercise’s effects on brown adipose tissue, insulin resistance and obesity
  • Exercise’s effects on cognitive performance, academic achievement, and brain structure and function
  • Active commuting: methods, determinants and consequences

Project description

Despite a 13% increase in the childhood cancer incidence over the last 40 years, the 5-year survival rate has now been set up at 80%. However, curing cancer has important consequences. Endocrine dysfunction represents one of the most common issues in paediatric cancer survivors, and affects bone mineral density. Recent evidence highlights the survivorship phase (rather than the treatment one) for performing interventions to improve bone health. These young survivors will, in a number of years, become young adults. The prevalence of physiologic frailty in young adult survivors of paediatric cancer is similar to that of the population above 65, suggesting accelerated aging. The iBoneFIT study includes two different but complimentary studies.

The first study will undertake a novel and ambitious randomized controlled trial to analyse the influence of a 9-month exercise intervention on bone outcomes in growing paediatric cancer survivors. The second study, with a cross-sectional design, will examine for the first time the associations between physiologic frailty and bone outcomes in adult survivors of paediatric cancer.

Research Area

Life Sciences (LIFE)

For a correct evaluation of your candidature, please send the documents below to Professor Luis Gracia Marco (lgracia@ugr.es):

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation (optional)


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