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eglove and stocking: wearable technology for nerve and muscle disorders

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  • Full or part time
    Dr James Alix
    Prof Ivan Minev
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a fatal neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive muscle weakness. Having outcome measures that cross the preclinical/clinical divide would facilitate the transition of preclinical research into clinical studies.
In both preclinical and clinical studies electrophysiological tests have shown great promise in providing both structural and functional information.
In the present study we will develop technology to enhance preclinical and clinical research by developing wearable, multi-modal electrophysiological technology.
To do this the candidate will utilise cutting edge soft sensor arrays enabled by integration of stretchable electrical conductors with elastomers (silicones) and miniature packaged sensors. Fabrication relies on a novel hybrid 3D printing approach where prototyping of custom bioelectronic devices does not require lengthy cleanroom processing. The capability to rapidly modify designs will allow us to adapt the design of the wearable to the anatomical specifics of the muscles to be tested.

Funding Notes

RCUK equivalent home stipend rate per annum for 3.5 years
Home tuition fees for 3.5 years
EPSRC studentships come with £4,500 Research Training Support Grant over the course of the award
A first or 2.1 degree in a physical science subject (engineering, physics, maths, computer science) is required. Candidates with a background in biological sciences will be considered if they can demonstrate some relevant experience in design or construction of medical devices/equipment.

You should be applying to start your first year of study on a full-time or part-time PhD with the University in academic year 2020-21 (after 1 October 2020).



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