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Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproduction PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

We have 25 Obstetrics, Gynaecology & Reproduction PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Investigating the association between maternal obesity and offspring fertility
  Dr S Bhattacharya, Prof P A Fowler
Application Deadline: 29 May 2020

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Mounting evidence suggests that exposure to maternal obesity in the womb programmes the offspring to poor health outcomes in later life.
  What can pregnancy tell us about maternal behaviour? A neurohormonal investigation
  Research Group: Centre for Mind and Behaviour
  Dr J Aspell, Dr F Cardini
Applications accepted all year round

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Research Group. Centre for Mind and Behaviour https://aru.ac.uk/science-and-engineering/research/institutes-and-groups/aru-centre-for-mind-and-behaviour.
  Reducing sedentary behaviour and increasing physical activity for the prevention and management of Type 2 diabetes
  Dr D Bailey
Applications accepted all year round

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This proposed research will follow a process of intervention development and evaluation targeted at reducing and breaking up sitting time for the prevention and/or management of Type 2 diabetes.
  Sounds in the womb: fetal reactions to what they hear
  Dr N Reissland
Applications accepted all year round

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Fetuses can hear from around the 23rd week of gestation. They are exposed to a variety of language and non-language sounds in the womb.
  The eyes have it: fetal reactions to visual stimulation
  Dr N Reissland
Applications accepted all year round

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The womb is not entirely dark and hence fetuses can perceive light. It is not clear what fetuses might be able to perceive and in what detail they might be able to “see” which has implications for cognitive development.
  Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Fetal/Embryonic Heart Development (Project 2)
  Dr YC Hwai
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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The Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Laboratory, led by Dr. Choon Hwai Yap, is moving to Imperial College in July 2020, and is looking for multiple talented and highly-motivated PhD students, to research on embryonic and fetal cardiovascular biomechanics and mechanobiology.
  Biomechanics and Mechanobiology of Fetal/Embryonic Heart Development (Project 1)
  Dr YC Hwai
Application Deadline: 1 October 2020

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The Cardiovascular Biomechanics and Ultrasound Laboratory, led by Dr. Choon Hwai Yap, is moving to Imperial College in July 2020, and is looking for multiple talented and highly-motivated PhD students, to research on embryonic and fetal cardiovascular biomechanics and mechanobiology.
  Prevention of Gestational Diabetes in Obese Pregnant Women; Targeting Early Pregnancy Intervention to Women at Risk
  Dr S White, Dr A Flynn
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity in pregnancy increases the risk of gestational diabetes (GDM) and associated adverse outcomes. NICE guidelines recommend that all obese women have an oral glucose tolerance test at 24-28 weeks' gestation for detection of GDM.
  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.
  Effective models for function-structure relationship in complex biological media
  Dr I Chernyaysky, Prof O Jensen
Applications accepted all year round

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A complex multiscale relationship between the structure and function is common in many human organs (such as the lung, liver and placenta), and many diseases are associated with an imbalance in the relationship.
  Investigating the mechanisms contributing to placental dysfunction in pregnancies complicated by diabetes: role of the hexosamine biosynthetic pathway
  Prof M Westwood, Prof J Aplin, Dr J Myers
Applications accepted all year round

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Maternal diabetes is a major risk factor for fetal overgrowth, which is associated with poor outcomes including stillbirth, neonatal morbidity and increased risk of diabetes in adulthood.
  Phenotyping placental disease in women with diabetes and chronic hypertension using transcriptomic analysis
  Dr J Myers, Dr E Johnstone
Applications accepted all year round

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Placental disease triggers medically-indicated preterm birth in 1 in 6 pregnancies complicated by chronic hypertension and/or diabetes (cardiometabolic disease).
  Understanding the impact of placental aging on placental function
  Dr A Heazell, Dr M Dilworth, Dr M Desforges
Applications accepted all year round

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Prolonged pregnancy (>41 weeks gestation) is associated with an increase in perinatal mortality (the death of a baby before or shortly after birth) from a nadir of 1 per 1,000 births at 39 weeks’ to 3 per 1,000 births at 41 weeks which continues to rise beyond this time.
  Building the human endometrium in vitro: The role of macrophages in receptive and decidual endometrium to optimise reproductive health
  Dr E Mann, Dr Peter Ruane, Prof J Aplin, Dr L Mohiyiddeen
Applications accepted all year round

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The human endometrium is a highly dynamic tissue that rapidly generates over ~20 days and differentiates to form a uterus lining receptive to embryo implantation, further transforming into decidua to support embryonic development, or breaking down before regenerating a few days later.
  Is there a switch between prostamides and prostaglandins in women with dysmenorrhoea and heavy menstrual bleeding?
  Prof K Marshall, Dr D Fischer, Prof A Nicolaou
Applications accepted all year round

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Dysmenorrhoea, painful menstrual cramps, and heavy menstrual bleeding are common debilitating symptoms in women with or without an underlying pelvic pathology.
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