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  The use of human enhancement drugs among LGBT people: characterising the extent and nature of use in the UK
  Prof V D Hope, Mr J McVeigh
Applications accepted all year round

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The use of drugs for human enhancement is a diverse and long-standing phenomenon.
  Formulation of poorly-soluble drugs
  Prof V Khutoryanskiy
Applications accepted all year round

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Poorly water-soluble drugs is an important class of pharmaceutical compounds that are finding numerous applications for the therapy of different pathological conditions.
  Design and realisation of nanomedicine using computer simulation and smart nanofracturing method
  Dr Y Tian
Applications accepted all year round

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Nanomedicine is the application of nanotechnology in healthcare sector, for the diagnosis, monitoring, prevention and treatment of many unmet clinical conditions.
  Development of Novel 3D-Printable Chemical Reaction and Separations Technologies for Continuous Flow Synthesis of Drugs
  Dr S Ferguson
Application Deadline: 1 July 2020

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In recent years flow chemistry and continuous manufacturing have been the object of increasing interest in the pharmaceutical industry.
  Improving responses to skin & soft tissues infections among people who inject drugs.
  Prof V D Hope, Dr H R Sumnall
Applications accepted all year round

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Skin & soft tissues infections (SSTIs) among people who inject drugs (PWID) are a substantial health problem.[1] They result from the difficulties in maintaining good injection practice and hygiene in the environments were illicit psychoactive drugs (such as heroin) are typically consumed.
  In vitro assessment of drug sequestration into lysosomes and in silico prediction of implications for drug disposition and therapeutic efficacy
  Dr A Galetin, Dr D Hallifax
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Intracellular concentration of a drug is an important determinant of its efficacy, toxicity, and potential drug-drug interactions [1].
  The molecular mechanisms underpinning individual variation in platelet function and their effect on the progression and treatment of cardiovascular disease.
  Dr CI Jones
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Platelets are small blood cells that play a vital role in the chronic and acute progression of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). Platelets respond to a range of agonists, which are released when blood vessels are damaged, by aggregating together to form thrombi.
  (iCASE Award) Towards Particle Design of Pharmaceutical Crystals
  Dr A Cruz-Cabeza
Application Deadline: 30 June 2020

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This project is being pursued in collaboration with AstraZeneca and the successful applicant will be part of a larger research group supervised by Dr.
  Carbon Nanotubes Mediated Drug Delivery in 3D cancer models
  Dr H Ali-Boucetta
Applications accepted all year round

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Current treatment with anticancer drugs suffers from the drawbacks of systemic toxicity, drug resistance and limited cellular entry.
  Developing novel drugs targeting gut microbiota-accelerated heart diseases
  Dr Y Chen, Prof T Bugg, Dr A Cameron
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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It is increasing evident that human is a “super-organism”. We co-exist with trillions of microorganisms in our body (collectively named as microbiota), and our health can largely depend on the interrelationship between ourselves and associated microbiome.
  Fundamentals of the Chromatographic Separation Processes of Peptide Therapeutics
  Prof D Williams
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Imperial College are inviting applications for a PhD position to join an exciting new Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Prosperity Partnership between Imperial, UCL and Eli Lilly on Transforming synthetic drug manufacturing.
  Microfluidic Synthesis of Nanomedicines for the Delivery of Biologic Drugs
  Dr D Lamprou
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Progress in drug design has led to the development of new molecules. However, the limited ability to selectively deliver these molecules at well-defined dosing regimens remains a significant challenge.
  Continuous separation of conglomerate forming enantiomers using crystallization process
  Dr A Majumder, Dr D Dionisi
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Enantiomers are the results of chirality or handedness of molecules which are the non-superimposable mirror images of each other.
  Developing and applying genetically encoded proteins as pre-resonant coherent Raman scattering tags for next-generation live-cell imaging
  Dr D Jones, Prof W Langbein, Prof P Borri, Dr P Watson
Application Deadline: 5 June 2020

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EPSRC funded DTP PhD Studentship within the Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Hub “Physics of Life”. The Hub is designed as a cross-disciplinary PhD research and training programme at the physics/life science interface.
  Developing novel treatments for motor neuron disease
  Prof S Ward, Prof A Jones, Dr T Shelkovnikova
Application Deadline: 13 July 2020

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*Welsh language studentship". This scholarship, which is fully funded by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol will focus on research into innovative methods to treat motor neuron disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
  Developing pluripotent stem cell models of inherited retinal diseases
  Prof C A Johnson
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Inherited retinal dystrophies are a leading cause of blindness and visual loss in the UK working age population. However, despite the widespread diagnostic use of next-generation sequencing, a molecular genetic diagnosis is unavailable for many patients world-wide.
  Tailored synthesis and functionalisation of nano-and microscopic colloidal particles
  Dr M.A Malvindi
Applications accepted all year round

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We are happy to announce the availability of one Early-Stage Researcher (ESR) PhD position at HiQ-Nano (spin off IIT) in the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network, Industrial Doctorate program.
  Construction of QSAR models for searching multi-target drug hits beyond similarity-based applicability domains
  Dr X Liu, Dr J Meng, Prof F Falciani
Applications accepted all year round

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Drugs designed to act against individual molecular targets cannot usually combat multigenic diseases such as cancers in which alternative or compensatory pathways are often activated.
  Toxicological Assessment of Carbon Based Nanomaterials
  Dr H Ali-Boucetta
Applications accepted all year round

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The use of sophisticated delivery systems that allow the delivery and targeting of anti-cancer drugs into tumour tissue is an ever expanding area of research.
  Toxicological Assessment of Nanomaterials towards the development of a Nanotoxocicology Framework
  Dr H Ali-Boucetta
Applications accepted all year round

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The use of sophisticated delivery systems that allow the delivery and targeting of anti-cancer drugs into tumour tissue is an ever expanding area of research.
  Computational design of metal-organic framework photocatalysts for solar fuel synthesis
  Dr R Grau-Crespo
Applications accepted all year round

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"Metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are porous crystalline materials consisting of metal atoms or clusters connected by organic linkers.
  Solubility and Crystallisation of Peptides
  Dr J Heng
Applications accepted all year round

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Imperial College are inviting applications for a PhD position to join an exciting new Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Prosperity Partnership between Imperial, UCL and Eli Lilly on Transforming synthetic drug manufacturing.
  TARGETING MITOPHAGY TO REDUCE CHEMOTHERAPY-INDUCED PAIN
  Dr M Maiaru
Applications accepted all year round

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"Background. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is the most commonly reported side effect of chemotherapeutic drugs, affecting quality of life in many cancer patients.
  Development of antiviral peptidomimetic enzyme inhibitors
  Dr L Trembleau, Dr H Deng
Applications accepted all year round

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Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses that circulate and evolve among various animals. They can cause mild human illnesses such as the common cold or more serious respiratory diseases as seen in the recent outbreaks of SARS (2002), MERS (2012), and COVID-19 (2019).
  PhD Student in Organic/Medicinal Chemistry (New Antibiotics)
  Dr A Titz
Applications accepted all year round

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The Helmholtz Association is the largest research organisation in Germany with over 40.000 employees. The Helmholtz Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS) was founded between the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research (HZI) and Saarland University in 2009.
  Exploiting druggability host spots in protein phosphatase targets
  Dr L Tabernero, Prof D Procter, Dr S Butterworth
Applications accepted all year round

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In the past years the use of virtual screening or computer-based screening of compound libraries against selected targets has expanded exponentially the boundaries of drug discovery.
  The role of the microenvironment in regulating breast cancer metastatic colonisation
  Dr R Clarke, Dr Ciara O'Brien, Dr R Eyre
Applications accepted all year round

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The metastatic spread of breast cancer cells and their colonisation of important organs is the cause of death in 95% of breast cancer.
  MSc by Research Programme: Development of novel therapeutics against parasitic disease
  Prof M Field
Application Deadline: 16 July 2020

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This course allows you to work alongside our world renowned experts from the School of Life Sciences and gain a ’real research’ experience.
  Biomass conversion into platform chemicals for a future biorefinery
  Dr V Degirmenci, Dr A Jones
Application Deadline: 7 June 2020

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Biomass can be either purposefully grown through energy crops (e.g. miscanthus, switchgrass) or produced in large amounts as unwanted organic matter once edible components are collected.
  Nutrient-Mediated Delivery of ‘Dual Warhead’ Antimicrobials
  Dr A Routledge, Prof A-K Duhme-Klair
Applications accepted all year round

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Microbial resistance to antibiotics is a growing problem. Until recently, antibiotics of the fluoroquinolone-type provided some of the most active broad-spectrum antibacterial agents on the market.
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