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  (MRC DTP) Can we use techniques such as machine learning to improve the risk prediction of infection-related complications in order to optimise antibiotic prescribing?
  Prof T Van Staa, Dr V Palin, Dr D Wong
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Antimicrobial resistance is a major public health concern and overuse of antibiotics is a major factor in its development. One strategic aim of the Government’s approach to minimise this is to conserve and steward the effectiveness of existing treatments by optimising antibiotic prescribing practices.
  (MRC DTP) The role of eye movements in memory processing in Neurofibromatosis type 1
  Dr D Montaldi, Dr S Garg, Dr A Kafkas, Dr E Burkitt-Wright
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Neurofibromatosis type 1(NF1) is a common single gene autosomal dominant genetic disorder affecting 1 in 2500 people. Around 80% children with NF1 are affected by cognitive impairments and approximately 50% are affected by neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  (MRC DTP) Mental health and social care integration for patients with complex needs: how to inform equitable and efficient funding to local organizations
  Dr Laura Anselmi, Dr Marcello Morciano, Prof M Sutton, Prof P Bower
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Mental illness has been recognised as of equal importance to other forms of illness (so-called ‘parity of esteem’), but in spite of commitments to strengthen care provision, gaps in funding and care provision still exist.
  Study an International PhD in Biological, Medical and Health Sciences

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University of Manchester. Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health. A PhD in biological, medical or health sciences with a built-in accredited teaching certificate.
  Planning and Environment PhD opportunities

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Planning and Environmental Management at The University of Manchester concerns the development of the communities and places in which we live and work.
  Accurate energy evaluation of receptor-ligand interaction
  Prof P Popelier, Dr S De Visser
Applications accepted all year round

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Drug design routinely uses existing computational methods to evaluate the interaction energy between receptor (protein) and ligand (drug) in molecular docking.
  (MRC DTP) Statistical machine learning approaches cross-cohort multi-omics data
  Prof M Rattray, Dr C Yau
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Multimorbidity refers to the co-existence of two or more chronic conditions in an individual and its prevalence is increasing due to aging populations.
  (MRC DTP) Harnessing digital patient-generated health data to improve clinical decisions in people with long-term conditions
  Dr S Van der Veer, Dr Alan Davies, Prof JA Ainsworth
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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One in four people in the UK live with one or more long-term conditions.
  (MRC DTP) Incorporating causal inference in clinical prediction models
  Dr M Sperrin, Dr G P Martin, Dr H Guo
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Clinical prediction models (CPMs) take what we know about a person and predict the probability of subsequent outcomes using a regression model or algorithm [1].
  (MRC DTP) Development of a software system to automatically detect and quantify foot collapse
  Dr Claudia Lindner, Prof T Cootes
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Charcot arthropathy is collapse of a joint secondary to peripheral neuropathy, most commonly secondary to diabetes or alcoholism.
  (MRC DTP) What is the best way for healthcare professionals to communicate changes in estimated risk of breast cancer?
  Prof D French, Prof Anthony Howell, Dr L McWilliams, Prof G Evans
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Risk estimation models for common multifactorial diseases such as breast cancer are often used, e.g. in Family History Clinics to inform decisions about prevention options.
  (MRC DTP) Computer-aided Detection of Osteoporotic Vertebral Fractures in Clinical Images Using Convolutional Neural Network Constrained Local Models (CNN-CLMs)
  Dr P Bromiley, Prof T Cootes, Dr EP Kariki
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Osteoporosis is a common, degenerative skeletal disorder that increases the risk of fractures and causes significant morbidity and mortality.
  (MRC DTP) Quantifying change in mammographic appearance using Artificial Intelligence
  Dr S Astley, Dr Yit Lim, Dr S Howell, Dr M Fergie
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women, with over 54,000 new cases diagnosed each year in the UK.
  (MRC DTP) Development of a risk model towards personalised screening for radiation-induced breast cancer using the national Breast Screening After Radiotherapy Dataset (BARD)
  Dr M Aznar, Dr S Howell, Dr S Astley, Prof J Radford
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Radiotherapy uses radiation (x-rays, protons) to kill cancer cells, and is an important part of cancer treatment for many patients.
  (MRC DTP) Predicting failure of methotrexate therapy in rheumatoid arthritis patients: statistical approaches to multiple outcomes and repeated observations
  Dr J Sergeant, Dr G P Martin, Prof K Hyrich, Dr S Verstappen
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Most patients with rheumatoid arthritis begin treatment with the drug methotrexate (MTX). MTX is cheap and is effective for many patients, but does not work for everyone.
  (MRC DTP) Modelling the impact on costs and outcomes on enhancing early detection in lung and colorectal cancers
  Prof A Renehan, Prof K Payne, Dr M Sperrin, Dr G P Martin
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Background. Cancer early detection (ED) and cancer health economics are key MRCR themes and central to the successful CRUK Manchester MERCADO award (includes Renehan & Payne).
  (MRC DTP) Virtual Reality as a tool for mobility measurement and rehabilitation in Visual Impairment
  Prof C Dickinson, Dr P Warren, Dr S Harper
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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The World Health Organisation estimates that 253 million people worldwide are visually impaired, and 39 million people are blind (see.
  Chemotherapy dose-capping due to obesity and its impact on survival
  Prof A Renehan, Dr Jorge Barriuso
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity is associated with risk for several cancer types, including colorectal and breast cancers (1). Obesity also predicts for a poor outcome after cancer treatment.
  (MRC DTP) How do people move from contemplating to attempting suicide: Investigating the cognitive mechanisms of loss of control and limited awareness of goals
  Dr D Pratt, Dr W Mansell, Dr S Tai
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Suicide is a global problem and it remains unclear how individuals transition from contemplating suicide (ideators) to attempting suicide (attempters).
  (MRC DTP) Observation and Imagery of Action in Parkinson’s
  Dr E Poliakoff, Dr E Gowen, Dr P Warren
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition affecting around 1 in 500 people, with significant impact on movements, which are typically slower and smaller.
  (MRC DTP) Model-based precision dosing of antibiotics in critically ill patients
  Dr K Ogungbenro, Dr T Felton
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Community-acquired pneumonia (CAP) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in adults and children worldwide1. In the UK, CAP accounts for over 100,000 hospital admissions annually.
  (MRC DTP) Placental vascular development in pregnancies complicated by diabetes
  Dr J Myers, Dr E Johnstone, Dr P Brownbill, Dr I Chernyaysky
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Maternal diabetes (type 1 & 2) complicates 2-3% of pregnancies. Abnormal fetal growth is common in these pregnancies, manifest as both fetal overgrowth (macrosomia) and fetal growth restriction.
  (MRC DTP) Improving the lives of older adults with hearing loss: developing a self-report measure of effortful listening to guide clinical practice
  Dr R Millman, Dr A Heinrich, Dr H Chilton, Prof K Munro
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Hearing loss increases with age and is the most prevalent sensory deficit. Hearing loss results in communication difficulties, which in turn can lead to social isolation, depression and reduced quality of life.
  (MRC DTP) "And Now, Today’s Pain Forecast" - Putting Predictive Models in Patients’ Pockets
  Dr J McBeth, Prof W Dixon, Prof D Schultz, Dr T House
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Background. A third of the UK population has chronic pain. Pain severity and the impact it has on patient’s lives varies from day to day, it has a major impact on patient-perceived control and is one of the main reasons for poor quality of life.
  (MRC DTP) Understanding how macrophages respond to damage-derived inflammatory signals
  Dr G Lopez-Castejon, Dr C Francavilla, Prof P Woodman, Dr D Brough
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Innate immune recognition of danger signals is an important mechanism that protects against infection, and injury. ATP is released from infected or damaged cells and its extracellular presence alerts macrophages of impending danger.
  (MRC DTP) Using realist methods to develop a complex intervention to discourage adolescents from engaging in knife crime
  Dr C Lennox, Dr Isabelle Hunt
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Background. Knife crime is a serious public, criminal justice and health concern. The number of young people convicted or cautioned for a knife or offensive weapon offence has increased by almost half since 2015.
  (MRC DTP) Early development of Understanding the neurobiology of autism spectrum disorder in neurofibromatosis type 1
  Prof J Green, Prof A Theakston, Dr S Garg
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a highly heritable neurodevelopmental disorder, with an onset around 3 years and population prevalence of >1%.
  (MRC DTP) Developmental programming of heart disease by prenatal hypoxia: in vivo disease susceptibility and underlying epigenetic mechanisms
  Dr G Galli, Prof A Trafford
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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A lack of oxygen to the developing fetus (prenatal hypoxia) is a common occurrence in complicated pregnancies.
  (MRC DTP) Methodology to develop prognostic models for symptom exacerbation in early psychosis through digital interventions
  Dr S Bucci, Dr G P Martin, Dr M Sperrin
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Psychosis is a severe mental health problem characterised by unusual experiences such as hallucinations and persecutory beliefs; it is a major cause of distress, disability and personal and societal burden.
  (MRC DTP) Allostatic overload of precarious workers: Ambulatory assessment and intervention
  Prof C Armitage, Prof M van Tongeren, Dr K Dienes
Application Deadline: 15 November 2019

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Allostasis in humans refers to the return to homeostasis following a response to an environmental stressor (McEwen, 2012).
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