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  What can pregnancy tell us about maternal behaviour? A neurohormonal investigation
  Research Group: Centre for Mind and Behaviour
  Dr J Aspell, Dr F Cardini
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Centre for Mind and Behaviour https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/aru-centre-for-mind-and-behaviour.
  Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in Obese Pregnant Women; Targeting Early Pregnancy Intervention to Women at Risk
  Dr S White, Dr A Flynn
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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.
  Law enforcement and dispute resolution following pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work in the UK: experiences of pregnant workers and new mothers
  Prof G James
Applications accepted all year round

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It is estimated that 77% of working mothers in the UK have a negative or possibly discriminatory experience during pregnancy, maternity or when returning to work and that annually as many as 54,000 mothers feel forced to leave their jobs as a result of such behaviour (EHRC/BIS, 2016).
  Dietary sugars / sweeteners during pregnancy and their impact on long term metabolic and reproductive health
  Dr C Reynolds
Application Deadline: 10 July 2020

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There is significant evidence that an unhealthy diet greatly increases the risk of complications during pregnancy and predisposes offspring to metabolic dysfunction and obesity.
  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.
  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
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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.
  Health Opportunity for Patient Empowerment in Gestational Diabetes (HOPE-GDM)
  Research Group: Chemistry and Biosciences
  Prof A M Graham, Prof R Qahwaji, Prof A Locke
Applications accepted all year round

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Gestational Diabetes is a temporary condition diagnosed at 24-28 weeks gestation, where the body is unable to maintain normal blood glucose levels due to insulin resistance during pregnancy.
  In vivo 3D imaging and computational engineering to study life influences on bone quality in children and tweenagers
  Research Group: Bioengineering
  Dr P Schneider
Application Deadline: 31 August 2020

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Supervisor. Philipp Schneider. Co-supervisor Nicholas Harvey, Kate Ward, Cyrus Cooper. Project description.
  Understanding the impact of placental aging on placental function
  Dr A Heazell, Dr M Dilworth, Dr M Desforges
Applications accepted all year round

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Prolonged pregnancy (>41 weeks gestation) is associated with an increase in perinatal mortality (the death of a baby before or shortly after birth) from a nadir of 1 per 1,000 births at 39 weeks’ to 3 per 1,000 births at 41 weeks which continues to rise beyond this time.
  Precision Medicine DTP: Data-driven personalised care for Gestational Diabetes
  Research Group: Centre for Cardiovascular Science
  Prof R Reynolds, Dr D Wake, Dr A Manataki, Dr R Lindsay
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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16% of women in the UK develop high levels of sugar in their blood during pregnancy (gestational diabetes (GDM)) and rates are increasing due to rising obesity levels among women.
  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.
  PhD Studentship on Complex Networks
  Dr R Clegg
Application Deadline: 15 July 2020

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Applications are invited for a full PhD Studentship starting in September 2020 to undertake research in the area of Complex Networks.
  Long-acting drug delivery from intravaginal rings for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia
  Prof K Malcolm, Dr P Boyd
Applications accepted all year round

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Building on our world-renowned expertise in vaginal drug delivery, the aim of this project is to develop a long-acting vaginal ring device for treatment of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia.
  Characterizing the heterogeneity of stem cells in the normal breast and breast tumours
  Dr A Ucar, Prof K R Brennan
Applications accepted all year round

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Tissue-restricted stem cells are crucial in supporting the development and maintenance of normal tissues. This is also true for tumours, as only a small population of tumour cells, which are known as cancer stem cells, have the unique stemness features and tumour-initiating capacity.
  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).
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