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  Precision Medicine DTP - Reverse-engineering blood flow and transport in complex vascular organs: an in-silico approach to characterising pregnancy pathologies
  Dr T Krueger, Dr M Bernabeu
Application Deadline: 6 April 2020

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Background. The human placenta performs diverse functions later taken on by several different organs. In particular, it mediates the exchange of vital solutes, including respiratory gases and nutrients, between the mother and the developing fetus.
  Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Fetal/Embryonic Heart Development (Project 2)
  Dr YC Hwai
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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The Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Laboratory, led by Dr. Choon Hwai Yap, is moving to Imperial College in July 2020, and is looking for multiple talented and highly-motivated PhD students, to research on embryonic and fetal cardiovascular biomechanics and mechanobiology.
  Investigating the association between maternal obesity and offspring fertility
  Dr S Bhattacharya, Prof P A Fowler
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Mounting evidence suggests that exposure to maternal obesity in the womb programmes the offspring to poor health outcomes in later life.
  De Novo Mutations and Human Disease
  Prof A Goriely, Prof A Wilkie
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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De novo mutations (DNMs) are a significant contributor to human disease, affecting ~1:300 new births. We study the mechanisms by which these spontaneous mutations arise in the first instance, concentrating on the tissue where most of them originate, the human testis.
  De Novo Mutations and Human Disease
  Prof A Goriely, Prof A Wilkie
Application Deadline: 24 July 2020

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De novo mutations (DNMs) are a significant contributor to human disease, affecting ~1:300 new births. We study the mechanisms by which these spontaneous mutations arise in the first instance, concentrating on the tissue where most of them originate, the human testis.
  Phenotyping placental disease in women with diabetes and chronic hypertension using transcriptomic analysis
  Dr J Myers, Dr E Johnstone
Applications accepted all year round

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Placental disease triggers medically-indicated preterm birth in 1 in 6 pregnancies complicated by chronic hypertension and/or diabetes (cardiometabolic disease).
  Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Fetal/Embryonic Heart Development (Project 1)
  Dr YC Hwai
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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The Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Laboratory, led by Dr. Choon Hwai Yap, is moving to Imperial College in July 2020, and is looking for multiple talented and highly-motivated PhD students, to research on embryonic and fetal cardiovascular biomechanics and mechanobiology.
  Mechanisms behind fetal vascular dysfunction in diabetic pregnancies
  Dr L Leach
Applications accepted all year round

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The central research focus of our group is to understand the mechanisms regulating two key functions of human blood vessels. permeability and angiogenesis.
  Investigating the mechanisms contributing to placental dysfunction in pregnancies complicated by diabetes: role of the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway
  Prof M Westwood, Prof J Aplin, Dr J Myers
Applications accepted all year round

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Maternal diabetes is a major risk factor for fetal overgrowth, which is associated with poor outcomes including stillbirth, neonatal morbidity and increased risk of diabetes in adulthood.
  3D image based modelling of drug transfer through placental nanopores
  Dr B Sengers
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Bram Sengers. Co-supervisor Rohan Lewis (Medicine). Project description. How pharmaceuticals and environmental toxins cross the placenta is not clear in many cases and this has a direct impact on drug safety in pregnancy and any medical advice given by doctors.
  Building the human endometrium in vitro: The role of macrophages in receptive and decidual endometrium to optimise reproductive health
  Dr E Mann, Dr Peter Ruane, Prof J Aplin, Dr L Mohiyiddeen
Applications accepted all year round

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The human endometrium is a highly dynamic tissue that rapidly generates over ~20 days and differentiates to form a uterus lining receptive to embryo implantation, further transforming into decidua to support embryonic development, or breaking down before regenerating a few days later.
  Epigenetic mechanisms of behavioural, placental and cognitive impairment in a neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia
  Dr R Hager, Prof J Neill, Dr J Glazier
Applications accepted all year round

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A fundamental question in disease research is how stressors experienced during critical developmental periods influence the genesis or ‘programming’ of adult disease (Estes & McAllister 2016).
  Basic and clinical studies on spinal cord injury
  Dr G Shea
Applications accepted all year round

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Spinal cord injury has a devastating effect on affected individuals, who are often of working age and subject to a lifetime of dependency and debilitation.
  Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in Obese Pregnant Women; Targeting Early Pregnancy Intervention to Women at Risk
  Dr S White, Dr A Flynn
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity in pregnancy increases the risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) and associated adverse outcomes. NICE guidelines recommend that all obese women have an oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks' gestation for detection of GDM.
  Adult outcomes after antenatal steroids
  Prof JE Harding, Prof CA Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has PhD projects assessing adult outcomes after antenatal steroids. Steroids given to women at risk of preterm birth markedly reduce the risk of serious illness in their newborn babies.
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