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  Evaluating the effect of child and maternal care policies on health care use and health in Mozambique (GCRF)
  Dr Laura Anselmi, Dr Ralitza Dimova, Prof M Sutton
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Improving child and maternal care and health has been a priority in low and middle countries for decades. Interventions have encompassed reorganization and financing of healthcare provision to increase service availability and have been evaluated in isolation to understand the impact on care use.
  Cost consequences of different diagnostic strategies and different treatment targets for women with gestational diabetes
  Prof CA Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) is a major health problem globally. Within New Zealand one in every 11 pregnant women or over 5,500 women annually are affected.
  QUADRAT DTP: Medical Geology: The Impact of the Natural Environment on Health in Past Populations from Ireland and Scotland
  Prof E Murphy, Dr R Crozier
Application Deadline: 22 January 2020

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The natural environment is inextricably connected with human health. The composition of underlying rocks and minerals have an impact on the air humans breathe, the water they drink, and the food consumed.
  Bloomsbury Colleges PhD - Understanding child stunting: An interdisciplinary study to elucidate determinants of linear growth and health in children with a focus on animal source foods and animal-related infections.
  Prof J Webster, Dr A Koukounari
Application Deadline: 9 February 2020

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Rationale Stunting remains a critical public health problem among children under the age of five years in many low and middle income countries globally.
  Do tighter glycaemic targets for managing gestational diabetes improve long-term outcomes for mothers? A data linkage study
  Prof CA Crowther, Prof JE Harding
Applications accepted all year round

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Diabetes that develops during pregnancy or gestational diabetes (GDM) is a significant health problem that has a major, negative impact on maternal and perinatal health with lifelong consequences.
  Do tighter glycaemic targets for managing gestational diabetes improve long-term outcomes for children? A data linkage study
  Prof CA Crowther, Prof JE Harding
Applications accepted all year round

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Diabetes that develops during pregnancy or gestational diabetes (GDM) is a significant health problem that has a major, negative impact on maternal and perinatal health with lifelong consequences.
  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.
  Determining the impact of underage alcohol/substance use on child health and well-being
  Dr A Rose, Dr K Fleming
Application Deadline: 15 March 2020

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English statistics report that in 2016, almost half of girls (46%) and boys (43%) aged 11-15 years had consumed alcohol. This increased to 65% by 16-17 years.
  Impact of maternal obesity on offspring adipogenesis
  Dr D Sellayah
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity is the major health crisis of this generation. Thus, research into the mechanistic basis behind obesity is of paramount importance.
  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.
  Measuring respectful maternal and newborn care (GCRF)
  Prof T Lavender, Dr C Bedwell
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Substantial evidence shows that disrespect and abuse remain prevalent, primarily in low-income countries (LICs).
  Developing and testing culturally adapted suicide prevention interventions for Postnatal Mothers in South Asian Countries (GCRF)
  Dr M Panagioti, Dr N Husain, Dr R Ramkisson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The University of Manchester (UoM) and global partner, Pakistan Institute of Living and learning (PILL) has been awarded funding by the Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) – (through their PHD Programme Awards in Health and wellbeing in Global Inequalities to support one studentship (from April 2020/September 2020).
  Using Statistical Techniques in Genetic Epidemiology to Investigate the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD)
  Prof D Evans
Applications accepted all year round

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There is a well-documented observational relationship between low birthweight infants and increased risk of disease in later life (e.g.
  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).
  (BBSRC DTP) Epigenetic mechanisms of behavioural, placental and cognitive impairment in a neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia
  Dr R Hager, Prof J Neill, Dr J Glazier
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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A fundamental unknown in understanding mechanisms of disease, and therefore improving therapy, is how stressors experienced during critical developmental periods influence the genesis or ‘programming’ of adult disease (Estes & McAllister 2016).
  Data driven innovation for gestational diabetes
  Prof R Reynolds, Dr F Denison
Application Deadline: 26 January 2020

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The newly established four-year Medical Sciences & Translational Research PhD with integrated studies in Engagement for Impact Programme will combine medical…
  (BBSRC DTP) Understanding the contribution of dietary extracellular vesicles to healthy human development
  Prof M Westwood, Dr L Harris, Prof A Nicolaou, Dr A Stevens
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The ability to adapt behaviour in response to nutrient availability is important for all cells but particularly so for trophoblasts, as these cells form the placenta - the interface between mother and fetus - and act as fetal sentinels of the maternal environment.
  MicroRNA and Extracellular Vesicles Mediation of Embryo-Maternal Communication
  Prof A Fazeli, Dr P Heath
Applications accepted all year round

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Infertility is a substantial problem affecting couples worldwide. The scars inflicted on couples as a result of not being able to conceive affects their general health, mental well-being and even raising social issues particularly in the old age.
  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).
  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.
  Exploration and treatment of sFlt-mediated cardiac dysfunction in animal model of preeclampsia (Manchester-Melbourne Dual Award)
  Dr J Myers, Dr E Johnstone
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Our project “Exploration and treatment of sFlt-mediated cardiac dysfunction in animal model of preeclampsia” provides an exciting opportunity for a student interested in maternal and fetal health to learn and develop new techniques in two world leading centres that are focused on translating laboratory experiments into improvements in clinical care.
  Iodine Status and Breast Milk Iodine Concentration in Chinese Lactating Women
  Dr Z Feei Ma, Dr E Villanueva, Dr A Sharp
Applications accepted all year round

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中国西部哺乳妇女碘状况和母乳碘含量的评估.
  Effective models for function-structure relationship in complex biological media
  Dr I Chernyaysky, Prof O Jensen
Applications accepted all year round

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A complex multiscale relationship between the structure and function is common in many human organs (such as the lung, liver and placenta), and many diseases are associated with an imbalance in the relationship.
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