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  Clinical and molecular correlates of response to first line treatment in oral lichen planus
  Dr K Hijazi, Prof J Gibson
Application Deadline: 13 March 2020

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Oral lichen planus is a chronic disease of the lining of the mouth that causes pain and increases the risk of oral cancer. The negative impact of oral lichen planus on quality of life has been proven.
  Biological and biophysical characterisation of novel virulence factors from pathogenic fungi of humans
  Dr Jonathan P Richardson, Prof G Proctor
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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Pathogenic fungi kill an estimated 1.2 million people every year. The global incidence of life-threatening fungal infections is rising, and the threat to public health from drug resistant isolates and emerging pathogens such as Candida auris is serious and growing.
  Elucidating the interactions between the immune and the epithelial compartments in Inflammatory Bowel Disease using mini-guts
  Dr Joana Neves, Dr Peter Irving
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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The maintenance of intestinal homeostasis depends on the interactions between several compartments including the gut epithelium, the intestinal microbiota and the gut-associated immune system.
  Genetic interrogation of virulence in Candida albicans; the major fungal pathogen of humans
  Dr Jonathan P Richardson, Prof G Proctor
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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Candida albicans is an opportunistic fungal pathogen that causes superficial and life-threatening infections in humans. During mucosal infection, C.
  Investigation of the effect of host genetic variants on subgingival microbes and gingival inflammation in gingivitis and periodontitis
  Prof L Nibali
Application Deadline: 26 January 2020

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Periodontal Infectogenomics studies how host genetic variants can affect the composition of the subgingival biofilm. The aim of this PhD is to test the effect of specific host genetic variants on periodontal inflammation and microbial growth in gingivitis and periodontitis.
  Studying immune-epithelial-microbial interactions in Inflammatory Bowel Disease using mini-guts
  Dr Joana Neves, Prof M Curtis
Application Deadline: 14 February 2020

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The maintenance of intestinal homeostasis depends on the interactions between several compartments including the gut epithelium, the intestinal microbiota and the gut-associated immune system.
  Repurposing drugs to enhance the activity of oncolytic viruses in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer
  Dr M Lockley, Dr S Martin
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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We are seeking applications for a fully-funded PhD fellowship for clinically qualified candidates to commence in October 2020. The Fellowship will be supervised by Dr.
  Resolution Mediator Therapy to Prevent Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (APOs) Induced by Periodontal Dysbiosis
  Dr C Gonzales-Marin, Prof R P Allaker
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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The Institute of Dentistry at Queen Mary University of London is offering research training at the PhD level for the following project within the Centre of Oral Immunobiology and Regenerative Medicine.
  Targeting cancer stem cells in acute myeloid leukaemia (AML)
  Prof K Kranc, Prof D O'carroll
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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Applications are invited for a Clinical Fellowship at the Barts Cancer Institute (Queen Mary University of London) to join a dynamic research group led by Professor Kamil R Kranc.
  The use of biomarkers Defensins 2 and 3 for screening of oral cancer in high-risk populations
  Dr A Tappuni, Dr F Flores-Borja
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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We are seeking applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, in oral cancer.
  Understanding the contribution of the inflammatory response to the development of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery (AFACS)
  Dr D Cooper, Prof M Perretti, Prof B O'Brien, Dr H Lashin
Application Deadline: 7 February 2020

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We are seeking applications for a fully-funded PhD studentship to commence in October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter, in inflammation science.
  A novel approach to developing rechargeable fluoride containing polymeric dental materials
  Prof M Patel, Dr N Karpukhina
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Fluoride has the potential to inhibit caries by promoting remineralisation of carious lesions and acid eroded enamel.
  Aetiology of burning mouth in Sjögren’s syndrome patients
  Dr A Tappuni
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Burning mouth (BM) is a chronic condition that can interfere with quality of life, seen commonly in otherwise health patients but also in patients with systemic conditions that causes dry mouth such as in Sjögren’s syndrome (SS) patients.
  Can optical coherence tomography replace X-Rays in paediatric dentistry?
  Dr P H Tomlins
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. This PhD offers an exciting opportunity to work in a cross-disciplinary environment to develop new clinical imaging technology.
  Comparing the effect of two different implant surface technologies on successful osseointegration in over-prepared osteotomy sites with reduced primary stability.
  Dr S Shahdad
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Research leading to the development of newer dental implant materials as well as understanding the cellular and acellular healing mechanisms between implant surface and surrounding hard and soft tissues have been in progress for over six decades.
  Detecting and Imaging oral blood vessels for disease monitoring using Heart-Rate Modulated Optical Coherence Tomography
  Dr P H Tomlins
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. This project offers an exciting opportunity to develop imaging technology for oral inflammation. Inflammation is an important condition underlying numerous human health conditions.
  Developing and evaluating a primary care navigation intervention for children and young people who have dental pain
  Dr V Muirhead
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. A significant proportion of children still suffer from dental problems that cause acute pain despite massive improvements in children’s oral health in the UK [1].
  Enhancement and Visualisation of Optical Biomedical Images in Clinical Dentistry
  Dr P H Tomlins
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. This is an exciting project at the cutting edge of biomedical imaging in clinical dentistry. New technology offers a future for oral healthcare without the use of harmful X-Ray imaging.
  Exploring the role of histone deacetylase inhibitors as regulators of innate immune cells activation in periodontitis
  Dr F Flores-Borja
Applications accepted all year round

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Second Supervisor. Rommel Chacon-Salinas (National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico). Background.
  Investigating the links between osteoporosis & Alzheimer’s disease – effects of β-amyloid upon the mechanical set-point in bone
  Dr S McArthur, Dr SCF Rawlinson
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease are more likely to suffer from osteoporosis (the loss of bone mass and strength) than age-matched individuals; significantly contributing to the frailty associated with dementia.
  Iontophoresis to deliver corticosteroids across buccal mucosal using hydrogel as delivery systems
  Prof M Patel, Dr E Hagi-Pavli
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Topical delivery of drugs to treat oral mucosal disease is often challenging. This is due to, for example, the saliva washing therapeutic agents away into the gastrointestinal system, the movement of oral structures during mastication and the presence of keratinized oral mucosal surfaces.
  Mapping the Spatial and Temporal Progression of Enamel Biomineralisation using Synchrotron X-ray Diffraction
  Dr M Al-Jawad, Prof F Wong
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Human dental enamel formation begins in utero and for most teeth takes several years to complete. It is a complex biological, physicochemical process where mineralisation progresses heterogeneously in space and time.
  Modelling of Oral Neutrophil Epithelial interactions
  Dr E Hagi-Pavli
Applications accepted all year round

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Background and Clinical Significance. Neutrophils are an important and vital cellular component of the innate immune system providing rapid protection against microbial invasion.
  Molecular analysis of TERT gene promoter mutations in tongue cancer
  Dr A Kang, Prof E K Parkinson
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Activation of telomerase is a hallmark of cancer and is aided in some tumours by activating mutations in the promoter of the telomerase reverse transcriptase gene, TERT.
  Overcoming the penetration depth limitations of optical coherence tomography in clinical dentistry using full electromagnetic wave computer models
  Dr P H Tomlins, Dr R Donnan
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. In healthcare, imaging is one of the most important diagnostic tools available. Deep tissue imaging is usually achieved using either ionising X-Ray radiation, MRI which is expensive or ultrasound, which has low resolution.
  Role of Desmoglein-3 in regulating the YAP-Hippo pathway in cancer
  Dr H Wan
Applications accepted all year round

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Project Description. Applications are invited for a 4-year PhD within a multidisciplinary and integrative research team in The Centre of Immunobiology and Regenerative Medicine, Institute of Dentistry.
  Smart Drug Deposition of an Antimicrobial for Orthodontic Applications
  Dr M Cattell
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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This is a unique opportunity to join a multidisciplinary team leading the field of oral application-based biomaterials.
  Transcriptome Pattern Recognition in Pre-Cancer Cells
  Dr M T Teh, Dr L Lacasa
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. All cellular processes are tightly regulated by a complex network of interacting biomolecules. Given that mRNA transcription precedes protein translation, change in gene expression levels often precedes visible pathological manifestation.
  Our Mission: to Educate, Nurture and Discover for the benefit of Human Health

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Our ultimate purpose is to work in service of patients. RCSI was founded by Royal Charter on 11th February 1784, to set and support professional standards for surgical training and practice in Ireland.
  Wear and biological safety of dental titanium implants (GCRF)
  Dr X Chen, Dr J Gough, Dr X Fan
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Titanium implant is the most widely accepted and successfully used type of implant. Despite a high success rate, failures associate with toxicity of particles release from implant system via wear have been reported1,2.
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