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  Epigenetic mechanisms of behavioural, placental and cognitive impairment in a neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia
  Dr R Hager, Prof J Neill, Dr J Glazier
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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).
  Impact of maternal intermittent fasting on cognitive development
  Dr N Ashton, Prof J Neill
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Many pregnant Muslim women take part in the daily fast during the month of Ramadan, even though they are exempt. The long term effects on the child are not fully known; however an association between exposure to fasting in utero and an increased incidence of mental impairment in children has been shown.
  Neural basis underlying mating decisions in fruit flies
  Dr C Rezaval
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Mate choice is an essential behavioural process with profound consequences in evolution. How do animals choose with whom to mate? How do they evaluate the features of a potential mate to maximise their reproductive success?.
  Gastric microbiome, gastric disease and welfare in horses in training
  Research Group: School of Veterinary Medicine
  Dr D Sutton, Dr D McKeegan
Application Deadline: 1 July 2019

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Project Summary. The purpose of this project is to characterise the gastric microbiome of horses in training, and determine its relationship to gastric pathology and quantitative welfare indices.
  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 do prenatal steroids elevate autism risk?
  Dr N Vasudevan
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"Autism and autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a devastating disorder that affects 1% of the population and is the most costly condition in the UK.
  Biological role of neurooestrogens in behaviour
  Dr N Vasudevan
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Our laboratory primarily investigates animal behaviour through the lens of neuroendocrinology i.e. hormones. We are interested in non-classical ways in which hormones may act to regulate behaviours.
  How do hormones improve learning and memory?
  Dr N Vasudevan, Prof P G Knight
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Deficiencies of thyroid hormone, in particular subclinical hypothyroidism is common throughout the globe. Adult-onset hypothyroidism affects around 8-10% of the population and has been associated with reproductive disorders, anxiety, depression and impairment of memory.
  Effects of essential aminoacid (EAA) restriction on cognitive function, ageing and neurodegeneration.
  Prof B Platt, Prof M Delibegovic
Application Deadline: 28 June 2019

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The developed world is currently facing a significant increase in average lifespan, with the implication of increased age-related diseases including various cancers, dementia, and type 2 diabetes in our aged population.
  Investigation of novel therapeutic strategies for Alzheimer’s disease-related inflammation
  Dr D Costello
Application Deadline: 16 June 2019

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A 4-year PhD position is available in the lab of Dr Derek Costello at the UCD School of Biomolecular & Biomedical Science, University College Dublin.
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