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  Understanding the link between healthy ageing and social interaction
  Dr E Kevei, Dr N Vasudevan
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Healthy ageing is a priority for all countries since we are living longer than ever before. A number of studies show that social behaviours can prevent some detrimental aspects of aging such as dementia and memory loss.
  How protective signals from the gut modify neuronal activity and behaviour, using C. elegans as a model system.
  Research Group: Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
  Dr P van Oosten-Hawle, Prof N Cohen
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Amyloid protein misfolding leading to loss of neuronal function are fundamental pathogenic mechanisms of numerous age-associated neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s (AD).
  What is the impact of atypical neurogenesis on brain activity, cognition and behaviour?
  Dr A McNeill, Dr M Freeth
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Neurogenesis is the process by which stem cells form brain cells. This process is disrupted by genetic mutations causing childhood neurological disorders which cause symptoms such as learning disability, behaviour problems and epilepsy.
  Molecular and genetic mechanisms of brain structural plasticity and neurodegeneration in the fruit-fly Drosophila.
  Dr A Hidalgo
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The brain changes throughout life. brain plasticity enables the brain to adjust in response to experience, whereas during aging natural neurodegeneration takes over.
  Understanding obesity: studies on the top-down control of feeding behaviour
  Research Group: Metabolic Signalling
  Prof D J Withers
Application Deadline: 26 April 2020

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The Metabolic Signalling group investigates the role of the central nervous system in the regulation of energy homeostasis with a view to understanding the causes of metabolic diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes.
  Discovering molecular genetic mechanisms of central nervous system regeneration
  Dr A Hidalgo
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Is it possible to promote regeneration of the central nervous system after injury, damage or disease? During normal development, neutrons and glia interact to coordinate the generations of neutrons and glia, and direct cell migration patterns, axonal navigation, dendritic arborisation and the emergence of neural circuits.
  Environmentally induced epigenetic effects in a fish
  Dr P J Watt
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Animals may be exposed to a wide range of environmental stimuli over the course of their development, some of which may be harmful, such as pollutants, and these may subsequently affect their behaviour and/or physiology and that of their offspring.
  PhD in the Evolutionary Ecology of Mating Systems
  Dr S Campbell
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Mating and breeding systems govern a wide range of evolutionary processes in plants and animals, including gene flow, genetic variation, and the strength of natural selection.
  PhD position in Statistical Genomics/Genetic Epidemiology
  Dr B St Pourcain
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(Starting salary. € 32,813 p.a.). 4-years full time. Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Language & Genetics Department.
  Developmental Responses to Environmental Change
  Dr C Mirth
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The environment in which animals develop profoundly shapes their morphology and behaviour, a process known as phenotypic plasticity.
  How does amino acid metabolism affect tumour growth?
  Dr L. Cheng
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The effect of diet on tumour growth is hotly debated but poorly characterized. Due to the heterogeneous nature of the tumours, dietary studies in patients with varied genetic background often led to inconclusive outcome.
  Understanding cellular and network mechanisms underlying memory dysfunction in Alzheimer’s disease
  Dr S Wang, Prof S Grant
Application Deadline: 21 June 2020

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Memory impairment is among the early signs in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) that significantly affects daily function. It is vital to understand how neurons encoding memory (i.e.
  EPSRC PhD studentship in: Evaluating the Public Health Risks of Urban Flooding Events
  Dr I Douterelo, Dr JD Shucksmith, Dr H Jensen
Application Deadline: 18 May 2020

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EPSRC PhD studentship in. Evaluating the Public Health Risks of Urban Flooding Events. 3.5 years tax-free stipend of £15,000 per year and all tuition fees paid The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Water Centre.
  EASTBIO Avian resilience in a changing world: maximising guinea fowl welfare and productivity on extensive farms in sub-Saharan Africa
  Prof K Spencer, Prof A Djikeng, Dr I Abdul Rahman
Application Deadline: 13 April 2020

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Guinea fowl have become a recent gourmet addition to the UK poultry market, promoted as a novel alternative to chicken. However this native African bird has been a fundamental mainstay of nutrition in many African countries, particularly Ghana, for generations.
  Earthworms and sustainable agriculture
  Dr P J Watt
Applications accepted all year round

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Worldwide, soils are in a poor state, through erosion, compaction and the loss of organic carbon, and so it is essential that we manage them in order to maintain the productivity of agricultural land.
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