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Developing novel methods of kidney MRI acquisition and image analysis using artificial intelligence

   Centre for Advanced Imaging

  Prof David Reutens, ,  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

Nephrons are the basic functional unit of the kidney, an organ with a central role in maintaining homeostasis in the body. The number of nephrons in the kidneys and their microstructure reflect the success of renal development and the trajectory of renal health through life. Low nephron number increases the risk of chronic kidney disease, hypertension and cardiovascular disease.

Current methods for nephron quantitation are limited to ex vivo methods which are labour intensive, affected by shrinkage or use contrast agents. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) has strong potential to characterise kidney microstructures, but in vivo it suffers from low image resolution and motion artefacts. This PhD project aims to develop novel methods for kidney MR image acquisitions and analyses using artificial intelligence (such as Deep Learning and super resolution methods) to allow characterisation of key components of nephrons, the glomeruli and tubules. It is expected that these new methods will play important roles in future kidney research and contribute to reducing Australia’s epidemic of chronic kidney disease.

This is an opportunity to work with researchers at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, a leading imaging research facility in Australia, and The University of Queensland School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

The project will suit an enthusiastic and highly motivated student with a background in computer science, physics or engineering.

Applicants must meet the entry requirements for the PhD program, including English language proficiency.

See https://graduate-school.uq.edu.au/project/advancing-visualisation-and-quantification-nephrons-mri for more information and to apply.

Funding Notes

This is a fully funded 3.5 year scholarship (with possibility of a 6 month extension) with a standard rate - it is linked to a project grant awarded by the Australian Research Council. Both Australian and International students are eligible to apply. The studentship covers tuition fees and provides an annual stipend of 28,854 AUD per annum, tax free (2022 rate).

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