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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.
  Adult outcomes after repeat doses of antenatal steroids
  Prof JE Harding, Prof CA Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has PhD projects assessing adult outcomes after antenatal steroids. Steroids given to women at risk of preterm birth markedly reduce the risk of serious illness in their newborn babies.
  Childhood outcomes after a trial of extra protein for babies born very preterm
  Prof JE Harding, Dr C McKinlay, Dr JA Brown, Assoc Prof T Wouldes
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has a PhD project assessing childhood outcomes after early nutritional trials.
  Precision Medicine DTP: Data-driven personalised care for Gestational Diabetes
  Research Group: Centre for Cardiovascular Science
  Prof R Reynolds, Dr D Wake, Dr A Manataki, Dr R Lindsay
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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16% of women in the UK develop high levels of sugar in their blood during pregnancy (gestational diabetes (GDM)) and rates are increasing due to rising obesity levels among women.
  Precision Medicine DTP: Machine learning techniques for detection of fetal hypoxia and prevention of birth injury
  Research Group: Centre for Medical Informatics
  Dr S Stock, Dr H Wu
Application Deadline: 1 June 2020

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A major cause of avoidable harm in maternity care results from inappropriate interpretation or response to electronic fetal monitoring (EFM) in labour.
  Characterizing synthetic lethal targets for genome-informed precision cancer medicine
  Dr L Cheung
Applications accepted all year round

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Ovarian cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women. Identification of novel, actionable and effective strategies to treat the disease could significantly contribute to the improvement of patient survival.
  Investigating the mechanisms driving meiotic gene re-expression in cancer
  Dr U McClurg, Dr W Wei Tee
Applications accepted all year round

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Meiosis is a specialised type of cell division which involves genome rearrangements. Many of the genes involved in meiotic homologous recombination are meiosis-specific however, they also constitute a latent toolbox of chromosome remodelling and recombination factors, which can be exploited by cancer cells.
  EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Approaches to Biomedical Science: Responsible and Reproducible Research - SABS

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Good degree in the Physical or Life Sciences? Interested in biological or medical research? We offer fully-funded PhD places across the Oxford Doctoral Training Centre programmes.
  Female reproductive investment and ageing: an evolutionary perspective on osteoporosis (Funded by the QUEX Institute)
  Dr M Fortes
Application Deadline: 15 June 2020

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Some individuals age faster than others, experience age-related diseases earlier, such as osteoporosis, and ultimately live a shorter life.
  Impact of maternal obesity on offspring adipogenesis
  Dr D Sellayah
Applications accepted all year round

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Obesity is the major health crisis of this generation. Thus, research into the mechanistic basis behind obesity is of paramount importance.
  MicroRNA and Extracellular Vesicles Mediation of Embryo-Maternal Communication
  Prof A Fazeli, Dr P Heath
Applications accepted all year round

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Infertility is a substantial problem affecting couples worldwide. The scars inflicted on couples as a result of not being able to conceive affects their general health, mental well-being and even raising social issues particularly in the old age.
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