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  Towards precision treatment with brain stimulation for depressive disorders
  Dr N Davis, Dr M Cordero
Application Deadline: 7 June 2019

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Non-invasive brain stimulation, using electric currents or magnetic pulses, offers a promising treatment for people with depressive disorders.
  Targeting inflammation to prevent brain swelling following paediatric head injury
  Dr F Corrigan
Applications accepted all year round

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Applications are invited to undertake a PhD/Higher Degree by Research (HDR) to investigate how the inflammatory response to a traumatic brain injury differs in the paediatric population compared to adults.
  A multi-scale computational model of brain blood flow: enhancing MRI for assessing brain health
  Research Group: Brain Imaging
  Prof K Murphy, Prof RG Wise
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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This PhD project is well suited to students who would like to combine their knowledge of computational modelling, physics and mathematics to better understand human brain blood flow and how it can go wrong with brain disease.
  Understanding the effects of brain disease on what functional brain imaging signals are telling us about neuronal activity
  Dr C Martin
Applications accepted all year round

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Functional brain imaging methods such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have already revolutionized how we can study the processes and functioning of the healthy human brain and are making an increasing impact on our understanding on what goes wrong in disease of the brain.
  What Does the Human Face Tell the Human Brain?
  Dr I Tachtsidis
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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The Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering is one of the largest Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering departments in the UK and is proud to host internationally-leading research groups covering a broad range of activities and is spread over several sites.
  Effect of Focused Ultrasound on drug delivery to brain tumours
  Research Group: School of Cancer & Pharmaceutical Sciences
  Dr M Thanou, Dr S Thomas
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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This project is a collaboration between the Institute of Pharmaceutical Science at King’s College London and Pharmidex and aims to develop a novel technology for brain tumor treatment.
  Investigating convergent pathways regulating pancreatic and brain development in humans.
  Dr A Bhinge
Application Deadline: 27 May 2019

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Lead supervisor. Dr Akshay Bhinge, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter. Additional supervisors. Professor Andrew Hattersley, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter.
  Developing new adaptive and machine learning algorithms to successfully decode brain signals across subjects
  Dr M Arvaneh
Applications accepted all year round

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A brain decoding model aims at predicting what sensory stimulus is received (e.g. visual stimuli, different images), which mental state is experienced (i.e.
  Assessing the hemodynamic signal sources of fMRI based spontaneous connectivity maps and how neuronal plasticity such as increased spatial working memory can change these networks
  Dr J Berwick
Applications accepted all year round

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Many psychiatric (e.g. schizophrenia) and neurological diseases are characterised by a disturbance of the connections between different parts of the brain that need to communicate with one another.
  3D printing childhood and adult brain tumours
  Prof N Leslie, Dr F M Melchels
Application Deadline: 12 June 2019

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This project is one of 10 four-year PhD Studentships funded by Medical Research Scotland (http://www.medicalresearchscotland.org.uk) to be delivered jointly by the named University and Company.
  Data-driven processing of brain activity over networks
  Dr J Escudero Rodriguez
Application Deadline: 31 July 2019

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This exciting inter-disciplinary PhD project will develop computational and mathematical methods to analyse brain activity and networks to help monitor some of the most important neurological diseases today.
  Astrocyte regulation of brain circuits controlling blood glucose.
  Dr K Ellacott
Application Deadline: 27 May 2019

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Lead supervisor. Dr Kate Ellacott, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter. Additional supervisors. Prof Andrew Randall, College of Medicine and Health, University of Exeter.
  The neurophysiological basis of spontaneous fluctuations in neuroimaging signals
  Dr M Jones, Dr J Berwick
Applications accepted all year round

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A technique called blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can determine levels of different activity in parts of the living human brain and how malfunctions can occur in disease.
  Simultaneous measures of brain and blood oxygenation: Revealing the function behind ‘functional’ brain mapping signals
  Dr M Jones, Dr J Berwick
Applications accepted all year round

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A technique called blood oxygen level dependent (BOLD) functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) can determine levels of different activity in parts of the living human brain and how malfunctions can occur in disease.
  Multimodal understanding of intentional decision in the human brain
  Research Group: Cognitive Neuroscience
  Dr J Zhang
Application Deadline: 10 June 2019

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Our environment constantly demands decisions, and we can intentionally make decisions to fulfill our goals and desires. How does the human brain decide based on intention? What may influence our intentional decisions? This research aims to address to address these long-standing questions in human cognition.
  Mapping human brain development at new spatial resolutions using machine learning and 7T MRI
  Dr D Carmichael, Prof D Alexander
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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In this PhD project we aim to bring together cutting edge advances in brain imaging and computer vision (that are also termed machine learning or artificial intelligence).
  Mapping human brain development at new spatial resolutions using machine learning and 7T MRI
  Dr D Carmichael, Prof D Alexander
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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In this PhD project we aim to bring together cutting edge advances in brain imaging and computer vision (that are also termed machine learning or artificial intelligence).
  Genetic and molecular mechanisms of brain structural plasticity and neurodegeneration
  Research Group: BBSRC MIBTP
  Dr A Hidalgo
Applications accepted all year round

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The project will test the potential of a molecular mechanism that we recently discovered, in modulating brain structural plasticity versus neurodegeneration.
  Determining brain glycosylation in ageing and Alzheimer’s disease
  Research Group: Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
  Dr R Williamson, Dr C Sutton
Applications accepted all year round

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Increasing age is associated with lower levels of cognitive performance; concomitant with this is a decrease in brain glucose metabolism.
  Blood-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction in cardiovascular disease
  Dr A Patabendige, Prof G Grau
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Irregular and rapid heartbeat can lead to cardiovascular disease, including heart failure, blood clots and stroke, affecting millions of people worldwide.
  When do astrocytes contribute to the control of brain blood flow?
  Dr C Howarth
Applications accepted all year round

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In order that the brain can function normally, it is essential that blood flow within the brain is well matched to neuronal metabolic demand.
  Development of transducers or “brain-on-a-chip” platforms to record and modulate brain cells.
  Dr P Rocha
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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The Bioelectronics group at the University of Bath in UK has a project focusing on the development of transducers or “brain-on-a-chip” platforms to record and modulate brain cells.
  Motor Control, Motor Learning and Brain Stimulation - investigating how the brain controls movement and how it allows us to learn new motor skills
  Dr N Jenkinson
Applications accepted all year round

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My research incorporates a range of techniques including non-invasive brain stimulation, electrophysiological recording, eye-tracking, neuroimaging and behavioural techniques.
  Elucidating how the brain develops from stem cells using revolutionary imaging technologies at single molecule and cell resolutions
  Prof I Davis
Application Deadline: 7 June 2019

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The overarching question and technological gap. Understanding how the brain and its full neuronal complexity develops from a limited number of stem cells is one of the most important questions in modern biology.
  Statistical characterisation of brain tissue microstructure with diffusion magnetic resonance imaging
  Research Group: Brain Imaging
  Dr L Beltrachini, Prof K Murphy
Application Deadline: 31 May 2019

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Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (dMRI) is a medical imaging technique that allows to characterise brain structures in the microscale in vivo and non-invasively.
  Towards a mechanistic understanding of why age increases the behaviorally impairing effects ofinflammation on the brain
  Prof N Harrison
Application Deadline: 30 June 2019

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This studentship offers an outstanding opportunity for a talented PhD student to join an internationally leading group investigating how inflammation in the body acts on the brain to impair human mood, motivation and cognition.
  Ultra-sensitive atomic magnetometry for brain function diagnostics
  Dr V Guarrera
Applications accepted all year round

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The huge progress achieved in the manipulation of quantum systems is opening novel routes towards the generation of realistic quantum-based technology.
  Investigating motor impulse control in Parkinson’s disease using non-invasive brain stimulation
  Dr H MacDonald, Dr C J McAllister
Applications accepted all year round

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The ability to control our urges and impulses is arguably one thing that sets humans apart from other species. We have the capacity to think before we act.
  MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Modulation of Brain Energy Metabolism by Astrocytic G-protein-coupled Receptors
  Dr A Teschemacher
Applications accepted all year round

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This MSc by Research is a laboratory-based project which offers the exciting opportunity to spend 1 year in one of our State-of-the-Art laboratories (plus 1 year thesis writing) at the University of Bristol and experience life as a researcher.
  Toward Next generation of Brain Computer Interfaces
  Dr M Arvaneh
Applications accepted all year round

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A brain-computer interface (BCI) provides a direct communication pathway between a human brain and an external device. Using appropriate sensors and data processing algorithms, a BCI maps patterns of brain activity associated with a volitional thought onto signals suitable for communication and control.
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