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  Understanding amyloid aggregation mechanisms of alpha- and gamma synuclein in vitro and in vivo
  Research Group: BBSRC White Rose DTP
  Dr P van Oosten-Hawle, Prof S E Radford
Application Deadline: 6 January 2020

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A key pathological hallmark of synucleopathies, including Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is the formation of cytotoxic alpha-synuclein and gamma-synuclein aggregates respectively, that lead to neuronal cell death.
  A 3D in vitro model of wound healing incorporating skin, nerves and immune cells
  Dr A M Rajnicek, Prof H M Wilson
Applications accepted all year round

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Diabetes, paralysis, being bed ridden and other conditions can result in chronic wounds that fail to heal, with significant personal consequences for patients and an annual cost of £4.5-5.1 billion annually (Guest et al., 2015) to the National Health Service.
  Development of ex vivo tissue culture models for developing next-generation biomaterial scaffolds for acellular regenerative medicine.
  Prof I Gibson, Prof N Vargesson
Applications accepted all year round

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Bone repair and regeneration can be influenced by various guidance cues, including pharmacological cues, hypoxia environment and chemical cues released from scaffolds [1-3].
  Using CRISPR genome editing to determine the effects of obesity and hypertension associated polymorphisms
  Dr A MacKenzie, Prof M Delibegovic
Applications accepted all year round

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Introduction. There is now little doubt that morbid conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are mechanistically linked.
  Interneuron Development in the Zebrafish Spinal Cord
  Dr K Lewis
Applications accepted all year round

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The Lewis Lab moved to Syracuse University from Cambridge University in the UK in 2010.
  (MRC DTP) The impact of centronuclear myopathy mutations in BIN1 on muscle function and structural organisation
  Prof A Trafford, Dr K Dibb, Dr C Pinali
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Transverse tubules are surface membrane invaginations in skeletal and cardiac muscle.
  EASTBIO - An integrative approach to understanding the mechanobiology of liver regeneration
  Dr M Bernabeu, Prof N Henderson
Application Deadline: 5 January 2020

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The liver has a unique ability to regenerate [1], however in many cases of chronic liver disease this regenerative capacity is overwhelmed.
  Precision Medicine DTP - Analyzing network formation during brain tumour initiation
  Dr D Sieger, Prof P Uhlén
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. High grade brain tumours (HGBTs) represent a complex and devastating disease and are posing an unmet clinical need. These tumours resist multi-modal therapies and survival times are only 15 months on average.
  Precision Medicine DTP - Comprehensive study of miRNAs biogenesis in human cancer
  Dr G Michlewski, Dr C Kutter
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are short non-coding RNAs ~22 nt in length that function as important regulators of gene expression1.
  Precision Medicine DTP - Dissecting the biophysics of ocular transcription factors in vivo
  Dr D Papadopoulos, Prof W Bickmore, Prof V Vukojevic
Application Deadline: 8 January 2020

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Background. Of the ~1,600 human TF genes, up to ~25% (~400 genes) are expected to be haploinsufficient with a plethora of them leading to developmental disorders1, underlining that transcription factor (TF) abundance (dosage) plays a major role during cell and tissue specification.
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