The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation at Northumbria University, Newcastle has a global reputation for academic excellence that is underpinned by a vibrant, high quality research-rich environment. Our work is encapsulated within three integrative research themes; 1) Optimising Human Performance; 2) Promoting and Preserving and Health and Well-being; and 3) Informing Practice and Policy. We are seeking enthusiastic and talented PhD candidates for the following project.
Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) is an adverse side-effect of many anti-neoplastic agents including taxanes, often manifesting as loss of sensory function, paraesthesia, numbness or pain in the hands and feet. Options for CIPN management are currently limited and although exercise has recently been proposed to reduce symptoms, it is a challenge for cancer patients to engage in exercise during treatment due to fatigue and other treatment-related side-effects. This PhD project will comprise a number of linked studies in women receiving chemotherapy treatment for breast cancer. The feasibility of assessing peripheral nerve function, functional ability and disease-specific quality of life at various time points during and after chemotherapy treatment will be evaluated initially, before investigating the feasibility and early efficacy of embedding an exercise programme within the treatment pathway. This project is a collaboration between exercise physiologists at Northumbria University and clinical colleagues at the Newcastle University Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Applicants should have a keen interest in studying the health benefits of structured exercise and physical activity in people living with and beyond cancer.
Eligibility and How to Apply:
Please note eligibility requirement:
• Academic excellence of the proposed student i.e. 2:1 (or equivalent GPA from non-UK universities [preference for 1st class honours]); or a Masters (preference for Merit or above); or APEL evidence of substantial practitioner achievement.
• Appropriate IELTS score, if required.
• Applicants cannot apply for this funding if currently engaged in Doctoral study at Northumbria or elsewhere.
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please note: Applications that do not include a research proposal of approximately 1,000 words (not a copy of the advert), or that do not include the advert reference (e.g. RDF20/…) will not be considered.
Deadline for applications: Friday 24 January 2020
Start Date: 1 October 2020
Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff. We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.
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