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Legacy-funded PhD studentships

The School of Medicine is inviting applications for five 3-year PhD positions, funded by the John Mortimer Shipstone Ratcliffe Medical Scholarships and the Joan Brown Legacy, which will start on 1 October 2017.

How to apply

Applications are invited from potential and recent UK or EU graduates. Applicants should have a minimum of a 2.1 undergraduate degree in a relevant subject. The successful applicants will receive an annual tax-free stipend of £14,553 with paid fees for Home/EU students.

Candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter and CV, specifying their 1st and 2nd choices from the projects listed below. Applications should be emailed to

Closing date: 22 May 2017 (Interviews are scheduled for 12June 2017)

Successful candidates will choose one of the following projects. Please click on each project title to download further information.

PhD projects
 No. Project titles Supervisor contact
 1 Studying epigenetic mechanisms determining commitment of human pluripotent cells to hepatic endoderm
 2 Engineering leukaemic stem cells for rational drug development
 3 Roles of non-coding RNAs in childhood ependymomas
 4 Addressing uncertainties for the treatment of Cystic Fibrosis
 5 Neurochemical profiles of hearing loss, tinnitus and distress using non-invasive Magnetic Resonance techniques
 6 Emotional support interventions for people with multiple sclerosis around the point of diagnosis
 7 Does fatty liver disease predict cardiovascular outcomes independently of other known cardiovascular risk factors? An analysis of data in the UK biobank
 8 Developing an effective smoking cessation intervention for COPD patients
 9 Exercise as medicine: discovery of novel “exerkines” regulating the health benefits of physical activity intervention for COPD patients
 10 Brown adipose tissue activation in humans
 11 The design and development of a trans-theoretical intervention for supporting learners across the continuum of medical education to manage the challenge of learning and working with complexity

 12 An undergraduate medical curriculum for developing clinical reasoning and decision-making capability in a volatile, complex, uncertain and ambiguous (VUCA) world
 13 Optimising case identification of familial hypercholesterolaemia in primary care
 14 Depression, antidepressants and risk of dementia
 15 Developing and examining the efficacy of Virtual Reality base treatment as a component of Cognitive Behavioural therapy intervention for eating disorder in young people
 16 Training control of attentional state in ADHD and ASD
 17 Evaluating the acceptability and feasibility of conducting a RCT to test the efficacy of a dental anxiety/phobia online support group
 18 The role of online peer support groups in the self-management of hearing loss: A mixed methods approach
 19 Structure/Function studies on urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (uPAR) coding region variants associated with asthma
 20 Towards clinical imaging of inhibition of mucus degradation in respiratory diseases
 21 Safety of urate lowering therapy for gout in the UK and Taiwan: a population-based comparative cohort study using the CPRD (n=14m) and NHI (n=23m) databases
 22 Understanding patient-reported outcomes to inform development of an international core outcome set for vitiligo clinical trials
 23 Sarcopenia in liver disease – systemic effect of hepatocyte senescence?
 24 Long term and current medication use and risk of complicated diverticular disease in England and Denmark




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