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Alzheimer’s Research UK PhD Scholarship at Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience – Understanding the Contributions of Multiple Pathologies to Dementia in the BDR Programme

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, April 24, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards

Start date and duration
September 2019 for 3 years.

Application closing date
Wednesday 24 April 2019.

The Brains for Dementia Research Programme (BDR) is an initiative funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) and the Alzheimer’s Society which has been running for over ten years. Over 3300 people have been recruited across the six BDR centres and they have had detailed repeat clinical assessments relevant to dementia. There have been >850 brain donations and each has had a thorough neuropathological examination of their brain.

Consistent with other such studies of the brains of older people with dementia, several different pathologies have been found underlying dementia in most people. Dementia treatments so far aimed at treating Alzheimer’s disease have failed in part because most people have other diseases causing their dementia. This ARUK scholarship is for a PhD student to study this valuable BDR dataset. In particular to examine the relationship between the clinical features and these different underlying pathologies using sophisticated statistical methods. This will include weighing up which diseases and which disease combinations have larger effects and so are more important in causing dementia.

Alzheimer’s Research UK

Name of supervisor(s):
Professor Alan Thomas, Institute of Neuroscience (
Professor Fiona Matthews, Institute for Health and Society, Institute of Neuroscience
Dr Kirsty McAleese, Institute of Neuroscience

Eligibility Criteria:
You must have at least a 2:1 honours degree in a quantitative health discipline, e.g. Public Health, Epidemiology or related disciplines, with post-16 mathematics qualifications, and an existing appropriate Masters degree.

The award is only open to UK applicants.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’ (

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

insert the programme code 8300F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) - Neuroscience’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code IN109 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote the studentship reference code IN109 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Funding Notes

The award covers fees and living costs, with a stipend award of £15,000 per annum. Additional research costs will be met by the costs for the funded study.

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