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Ophthalmology & Visual Science PhD Projects

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  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.
  Measuring Visual Sensitivity to Emotional Facial Expressions in Health and Disease
  Dr A Logan, Dr U Shahani, Prof G Loffler
Applications accepted all year round

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Project reference number. SHLS19031. Humans tend to leak emotion through facial expressions. A brief glimpse of a face is often sufficient to determine that an individual is feeling happy, sad, angry or surprised.
  Using novel technologies to improve visual performance in Age-Related Macular Degeneration
  Dr S Jeon, Dr L Sweeney, Prof N Strang
Applications accepted all year round

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Project reference number. SHLS19029. The prevalence of age related macular degeneration (ARMD) is increasing in the UK; leading to large numbers of older people having difficulty with tasks such as reading and recognising faces.
  Spatial statistical methods and machine learning for analysis of retinal images of optic disc
  Dr G Czanner, Dr S Czanner
Applications accepted all year round

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Automated disease diagnosis using medical imaging data is an increasingly important problem. For example, colour retinal images are used to detect glaucoma - a major cause of blindness.
  Development of machine learning mechanisms for better clinical trial design for rare disease.
  Dr A Dubis
Application Deadline: 21 August 2019

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We have entered into a new era of genetic therapies, with the first approved gene therapy, Luxturna, for biallelic RPE65 retinal dystrophy and a number of active clinical trials for both gene-replacement and small molecule drugs targeting particular genetic mutations.
  Development of Computer Vision System for Remote sensing and processing of satellite images
  Research Group: Visual Computing
  Prof R Qahwaji
Applications accepted all year round

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Remote sensing applications require the processing of satellite or drones images to detect regions of interest, and develop a variety of applications such as prediction of natural hazards, tracking of certain events, processing and visualisation of big data sets, etc.
  Progenitor cells and recovery from retinal injury
  Prof S McFarlane
Applications accepted all year round

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The McFarlane lab (https://www.ucalgary.ca/smcfarla/) is interested in how nerve cells are specified and differentiate, and how nerve cells and tissues acquire their correct morphology.
  Regulation of progenitor biology by neural activity
  Prof S McFarlane, Dr G Bertolesi
Applications accepted all year round

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The McFarlane lab (https://www.ucalgary.ca/smcfarla/) is interested in how nerve cells are specified and differentiate, and how nerve cells and tissues acquire their correct morphology.
  Using next-generation sequencing and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to investigate penetrance and phenotypic variation in inherited eye disease
  Dr C Toomes
Applications accepted all year round

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Human inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) result from mutations in over 250 different genes, many of them implicated by the Leeds Vision Research Group (eg Panagiotou et al 2017, AJHG 100:960-968; El-Asrag et al 2015, 96:948-54).
  Generation of transplant tissue following correction of patient stem cells by genomic engineering
  Dr F Manson, Dr RL Taylor, Dr A Adamson
Applications accepted all year round

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A number of retinal degenerations result from mutations in genes expressed in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) which lies under the photoreceptors.
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