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Digital assessment and therapy of neurodisability

Project Description

The project will investigate cognitive mechanisms, clinical efficacy and practicality of a novel motor rehabilitation system – GripAble (www.gripable.org) - developed by the project team. Uniquely the system allows for human-human interactive training. Part of the project will be developing software to assess motivation to self-train. This project will run in parallel with, and support, development of a world-first, on-line social network of collaborative gaming exercises.

The project will provide an exciting training opportunity for a student interested in clinical neuroscience and medical technology. The successful applicant will work alongside a research group internationally-renowned for translation of rehabilitation robotics (Human Robotics Group), as well as a successful university spin-out (GripAble Ltd). The two Departments hosting the PhD have a strong publication record and are well funded from a number of different sources. .

Ideally the applicant should have: 1) experience in recruiting and testing patients for clinical research studies, ideally in neurological disease, including stroke; 2) Good Clinical Practice certification; 3) experience with behavioural, cognitive and/or motor research; 4) ability to analyse data, and perform statistical methods independently; 5) completed, or nearly completed, a Master’s Degree in a related specialty; 6) contributed to research publication.

Full training will be given in all applicable techniques.

In order to be eligible for a Studentship, students must satisfy the usual eligibility criteria, including adequate academic qualifications and UK residence.

Applicants must have or expect to have obtained at least a 2:1 from a UK University or the overseas equivalent in a relevant area of neuroscience, psychology, or clinical science. A Masters degree (Merit or above) may be applicable but not essential. Applicants must also meet Imperial College’s English language requirements – further details can be found at http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/registry/admissions/pgenglish

Funding Notes

The studentship has a bursary of £18,000 p.a. for three years. You will also receive tuition fee support of £5900.

The studentship is for three years and funded by NIHR. Full traininill be given in relevant techniques. Supervisors will be Paul Bentley (Clinical Senior Lecturer, Clinical Director of Imperial Network of Excellence in Neuromuscular Rehabilitation Technology) and Etienne Burdet (Lead, Human Robotics Group).


Informal enquiries and full applications including an up-to-date curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of two academic referees should be sent to [email protected]

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