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Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship Scheme for Clinicians

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Wellcome Trust Doctoral Training Fellowship Scheme for Clinicians

Programme Director: Professor H McShane

Programme Co-Director: Professor D Clark

The Doctoral Training Fellowship Scheme for Clinicians is tailored specifically to the needs of talented clinicians who aspire to a career in academic medicine or clinical psychology. Successful applicants will work towards a PhD on one of three streams which are in basic sciences, mental and cognitive health, and translational/experimental medicine.

Basic Sciences

Training Fellowships in the Basic Sciences stream are designed to form a partnership between basic-scientists and clinician-scientists, bridging the gap between basic and applied research, and providing high-quality research training in basic and applied molecular science. Research projects are available in one of six broad areas:

  • Metabolism
  • Genomics
  • Haematology
  • Infection/Immunity/Inflammation
  • Neurobiology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Rheumatology related disease, including the process of inflammation, damage and repair

Mental and Cognitive Health

This stream will provide training in translationally-focused research for clinical psychologists, psychiatrists and neurologists. It will focus on:

  • the development of effective new treatments and methods for their evaluation
  • experimental medicine approaches to psychopharmacological treatments
  • clinical assessments & rehabilitation procedures for individuals with mental health problems or cognitive impairments

Translational/experimental medicine

This theme takes advantage of other strengths in biomedical science. These include projects in:

  • Biomedical Engineering, which provides a unique environment where engineers and clinicians work together, focusing on novel technological approaches to healthcare problems;
  • Vaccinology through the Jenner Institute and the Oxford Vaccine Group, where novel vaccine approaches for infection and also non-infectious targets such as cancer are developed and tested through clinical trials;
  • Veterinary science in collaboration with the Pirbright Institute and the Royal Veterinary College;
  • Applied neurosciences including advanced neuro-imaging available through the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Building (fMRIB) and novel PET approaches with Imanova;
  • Non-communicable diseases through the Nuffield Department of Population Health, Clinical Trials Service Unit, and Epidemiologic Studies Unit, and the new Big Data Institute (BDI);
  • Ethox, also based in the Nuffield Department of Population Health, provides an environment where empirical research and ethical analyses can be combined around clinical ethics, research ethics, and global/population health ethics;
  • International health and tropical medicine, building on collaborations between Oxford investigators and major overseas programmes based in Kenya, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Rheumatology: Director of Clinical Research at the Kenendy Institute Professor Chris Buckley

  • A subtheme of the translational & experimental medicine stream. The Kennedy Institute of Rheumatology has research groups working in the areas of immunity and microbiome, inflammation biology and tissue remodelling and regeneration, and has close ties with nearby clinical centres in Oxford and beyond that enable translation from bench to bedside. Investigators at the Institute lead the Arthritis Research UK Centre for Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis, which seeks to create a seamless transition from laboratory discovery through pre-clinical modelling to clinical translation. The Institute also runs the Arthritis Therapy Acceleration Programme to accelerate the uptake of early experimental trials based on observations from pre-clinical studies. Additional translational programmes include those in Dupytren’s disease, fibrosis, and fracture repair.

Further information & how to apply

Applicants will apply to the Medical Sciences Doctoral Training Centre at the University of Oxford for a fellowship, based on a track record of academic achievement and potential. Five fellowships are funded by the Wellcome Trust and two from the Kennedy Trust for Rheumatology Research.

Please review the information on choosing a supervisor/project and guidance on the admissions process. Applicants must be eligible for clinical practice in the UK.

For queries please contact [email protected]

Deadline for applications: 12 noon UK time Friday 10 January 2020.

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