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Fully funded PhD studentships in ageing research in collaboration with the Dunhill Medical Trust

Fully funded PhD studentships in ageing research in collaboration with the Dunhill Medical Trust

The Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences at the University of Liverpool is offering five, fully funded PhD studentships in ageing research as part of a doctoral training partnership funded in collaboration with the Dunhill Medical Trust. A diverse selection of projects is available that offer a unique chance to take part in cutting edge research which aims to enhance our understanding of the biological mechanisms that underpin ageing and lead to improved wellbeing in the elderly. These studentships are planned to start in Spring 2021.

The successful applicants will be able to select from ten diverse projects and should identify their preferred projects as part of their application. The project descriptions with supervisor contacts are as follows:

  • “Intergenerational music therapy to reduce loneliness and improve quality of life for older people living in care homes”
    (Dr Stephanie Harrison and Dr Deirdre Lane)
  • “Effects of inspiratory muscle training on metabolic and muscular function in older people hospitalised for acute illness”
    (Dr Ingeborg Welters)
  • “Examining underlying factors and novel biomarkers for malnutrition and sarcopenia in older adults” (Dr Masoud Isanejad)
  • “Posterior eye biomechanics: Age-dependent implications for the planning of surgical procedures” (Dr Victoria Kearns)
  • “The immunomodulatory properties of limbal mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) – a novel cell source for the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD)” (Dr Rachel Oldershaw)
  • “Age-related ocular surface basement membrane changes: implications for corneal homeostasis, wound repair and stem cell activity” (Dr Kevin Hamill)
  • “Characterising the age-related decline in immune function” (Dr Helen Wright)
  • “Identifying age-related extracellular microenvironment in dental tissues” (Dr Kazuhiro Yamamoto)
  • “Circadian rhythms in age-related stem cell dysfunction: time for chronotherapy in exercise interventions?” (Dr Vanja Pekovic-Vaughan)
  • “Targeting of antioxidants in age related joint pathology” (Dr Blandine Poulet)

Please contact supervisors for informal enquiries. Further detail of all projects can be found here.

These studentships will only fund tuition fees for UK students. Applicants for these studentships are expected to hold a UK first degree with a First Class or Upper Second Class degree classification, or a Second Class degree plus a Master’s degree. The deadline for applications is 30th November 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in January 2021. Informal enquiries about specific projects should be made directly to the supervisors listed.

To apply, please send your CV, along with a covering letter by email to

In your letter, please identify your project preference (up to three project titles) from the list above.

The Institute of Life Course and Medical Sciences is fully committed to promoting equality and diversity in all activities. In recruitment we emphasize the supportive nature of the working environment and the flexible family support that the University provides. The Institute holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of on-going commitment to ensuring that the Athena SWAN principles are embedded in its activities and strategic initiatives.

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