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Fully Funded PhD Studentship: NoMo Diagnostics in collaboration with the Carnegie School of Sport


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About the Project

NoMo Diagnostics and the Carnegie School of Sport are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to a prestigious PhD

An Evaluation of a Miniaturized Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) system for Pitch-Side Brainwave Monitoring

  • Full-time Sponsored Postgraduate Research Studentship
  • Start date: April 2022 

The PhD studentship will have a bursary of £15,609 per annum (pro-rata into 12 monthly payments) plus UK/EU Fees paid initially for a period of three years.

This is a unique opportunity for an enthusiastic and high-achieving individual looking to undertake a PhD in a vibrant research and high-performance sport environment. Leeds Beckett University, NoMo Diagnostics and the Rugby Football League (RFL) are looking to recruit a highly motivated individual to join the research team at Leeds Beckett University. The PhD studentship will involve working alongside a leading international multidisciplinary research team and national governing body. The successful candidate will work as part of the TaCKLE (Tackle, and Contact Kinematics, Load and Exposure) project to deliver a large-scale impactful project in rugby league. The candidate will have also access to the world-class facilities at the Carnegie School of Sport, including the £45 million new build.

The quality of Carnegie School of Sport research is evident in the outstanding results achieved in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, where we ranked 2nd nationally when accounting for both research quality and the number of contributing staff (Sport and Exercise Sciences, Leisure and Tourism). Within the Carnegie School of Sport, the Carnegie Applied Rugby Research (CARR) centre, led by Prof. Ben Jones and Prof. Kevin Till, undertakes high quality applied research with international and national governing bodies, and a range of professional sports teams. The CARR centre has a critical mass of over 50 research staff, PhD students and visiting researchers.

The successful candidate should have:

  • Excellent knowledge of research methods and data analysis, and physiology
  • Experience with digital processing of bioelectric signals is preferred

An Evaluation of a Miniaturized Quantitative Electroencephalography (qEEG) system for Pitch-Side Brainwave Monitoring

Supervisory team: Prof. Ben Jones

Rugby league is a contact sport, whereby players are required to engage in repeated physical contacts during training and match play. There is an inherent injury risk, with concussions reported as 5 and 13 per 1000 hrs for senior[1] and academy[2] male rugby league players, respectively.

Electroencephalography (EEG) can be used to characterise large-scale spatial-temporal neurophysiological disturbances, that are associated with sports-related concussions. EEG measures electrical activity of the brain conducted from neurons and glia in the cerebral cortex.[3] Quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG) can potentially be helpful in the diagnosis and measurement of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) and the post-concussion syndrome.[4]

NoMo Diagnostics has developed a miniaturized qEEG system, which has yet to be applied and evaluated in rugby. The overall aim of this PhD is to collect brainwave data on rugby league players, during rest, following matches (controls) and following concussions, to evaluate the overall reliability, validity and utility of the miniaturised qEEG systems. The successful candidate will undertake a programme of research evaluating the validity of the NoMo Diagnostics system, and its application and utility in rugby league for support player welfare initiatives. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to travel to USA to further the collaboration between NoMo Diagnostics and Leeds Beckett University.

Applicants are encouraged to discuss their proposals and the project with Professor Ben Jones ([Email Address Removed]).

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Funding Notes

Funding will consist of UK / EU full tuition fees for three years and the award of a living stipend at UK Research Council rates (£15,609 per annum pro-rata into 12 monthly payments). Funding will be subject to satisfactory progress.
A laptop will be provided and the opportunity to apply for funding to support the research project.

References

1. Fitzpatrick AC, Naylor AS, Myler P, et al. A three-year epidemiological prospective cohort study of rugby league match injuries from the European Super League. J Sci Med Sport 2018;21:160–5. doi:10.1016/j.jsams.2017.08.012
2. Tee JC, Till K, Jones B. Incidence and characteristics of injury in under-19 academy level rugby league match play: A single season prospective cohort study. J Sports Sci 2019;37:1181–8. doi:10.1080/02640414.2018.1547100
3. Conley AC, Cooper PS, Karayanidis F, et al. Resting State Electroencephalography and Sports-Related Concussion: A Systematic Review. J Neurotrauma Published Online First: 11 September 2018. doi:10.1089/neu.2018.5761
4. Haneef Z, Levin HS, Frost JD, et al. Electroencephalography and quantitative electroencephalography in mild traumatic brain injury. J Neurotrauma 2013;30:653–6. doi:10.1089/neu.2012.2585

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