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Developing novel genetic disease models for dementia

   The Dementia Research Centre

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  Prof L Ittner  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Considering a career in neuroscience and dementia research? Did you recently complete your studies in Biological/Medical Sciences with an Honours and were thinking about a PhD? Want to acquire a Master of Research along the way? – The Dementia Research Centre (DRC) is offering a MRes/PhD-stipend to develop next-generation cell/animal models for dementia research. The DRC is internationally renowned for developing disease models to study dementia. Using and advancing the latest CRISPR genome editing technologies, this project will overcome the limitations of current disease models (that are based on the overexpression of human pathogenic proteins) in order to provide a better understanding of neurodegeneration and accelerate translation of novel therapies into clinical trials. The multidisciplinary research program of the Dementia Research Centre at Macquarie University provides ample opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge technologies to decipher mechanism in brain function and diseases. Please follow the links for more information on the DRC and study opportunities in the DRC (


This scholarship is available to eligible international candidates to undertake a MRes Year 2 + PhD Bundle program or direct entry 3-year PhD program.

  • You must have completed an Honours in Biological/Medical Science (or equivalent). Excellent candidates may be considered for direct entry into the PhD program in accordance with HDR rules at Macquarie University.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend. The value and tenure of the scholarship is a “MQRES” full-time stipend rate of $28,854 per annum (in 2022 tax exempt for up to 4 years - indexed annually).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Lars Ittner

Email: [Email Address Removed]

Phone: 02-9850 2610

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the OnlineHDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application.

Funding Notes

Scholarship (tuition and stipend) available to international students


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