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Fully Funded PhD Scholarship: A novel biomarker for adaptive deep brain stimulation in Parkinson’s disease.

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Tuesday, March 31, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

RMIT University and the Bionics Institute invite applications from highly motivated individuals to complete a PhD in the field of medical bionics.

Parkinson’s disease affects one percent of the population over 60 years of age. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the subthalamic nucleus within the basal ganglia is a well-established therapy for advanced Parkinson’s disease. Although DBS can improve patients’ motor symptoms, it is currently sub-optimal as stimulation levels are typically fixed and do not respond to patients’ needs, which fluctuate from day-to-day. Recently, our clinical research team discovered a unique neural response we termed “evoked resonant neural activity (ERNA)” in the subthalamic nucleus of Parkinson’s patients undergoing DBS surgery. ERNA has the potential to be used as a disease-state indicator for developing adaptive DBS, i.e., stimulation level automatically adjusts to patients’ symptoms. This study will utilize preclinical experiments to establish factors influencing ERNA and the generator of ERNA.

The Bionics Institute [http://www.bionicsinstitute.org/] offers a unique, vibrant, and multidisciplinary research environment in which experience and skills can be attained across research areas related to improved technology for hearing, vision (bionic eyes), and neurological disorders (e.g. deep brain stimulation for movement disorders), and all in the heart of Melbourne, Australia.

Funding Notes

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic applicants with a relevant background in science (e.g., biomedicine) or engineering (biomedical, electrical).
This scholarship is fully funded, details are available on the RMIT Website [View Website]
Expressions of interest or queries can be sent to our Student Enquiries email:

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