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Childhood growth impairment and markers of environmental enteropathy

Project Description

This is an exclusive opportunity for a student interested in bridging statistical epidemiology with data collection and laboratory training.

The project encompasses an ongoing birth cohort in rural Ecuador (ECUAVIDA) investigating the extent to which intestinal inflammation affect early growth in children.

The presence of binary time-varying covariates indicating exposure to infective agents adds a layer of complexity to longitudinal data. Outcome metrics include growth stunting. Laboratory measurements (samples ready for analysis) consist of host adequate inflammatory markers and biomarkers for environmental enteropathy - a fantastic opportunity for a student to be actively involved in laboratory/field data in Ecuador.

Consolidating theoretical and laboratory work and translating their applicability into public health benefit
- The epidemiological concepts, statistical techniques and associated software are suited to a wide variety of settings.
- The acquired skills and knowledge including communicating frequentist and Bayesian statistical inference should provide excellent opportunities for future career choices.
- Expertise in laboratory data processing and analysis

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the supervisors to discuss project details.

The current studentship is part of the MRC London Intercollegiate Doctoral Training Partnership (MRC-LID) between The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and St. George’s University of London (SGUL)

Subsequently applications can be made by following the instructions on the MRC-LID site at

Please click on the following link for more information about the MRC-LID programme:

For more information on funding please go to:

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 1 January 2020.

Funding Notes

To be eligible for a full studentship award applicants must
(a) hold, or expect to obtain before September 2020, a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (as a minimum), and
(b) be a UK or EU citizen, and
(c) have maintained ordinary residence in the UK continuously for the 3 years preceding 1 September 2020.

To be generally eligible for a fees-only studentship award applicants must
(a) hold, or expect to obtain before September 2020, a 1st or 2.1 Honours degree (as a minimum), and
(b) be a UK or EU citizen.

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