This project is one of a number that are in competition for funding from the GW4 BioMed2 MRC Doctoral Training Partnership which is offering up to 20 studentships for entry in October 2023.
The DTP brings together the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff and Exeter to develop the next generation of biomedical researchers. Students will have access to the combined research strengths, training expertise and resources of the four research-intensive universities. More information may be found on the DTP’s website.
- Dr Thomas Lancaster (lead), University of Bath, Department of Psychology
- Dr Byron Creese, University of Exeter, Exeter Medical School
- Prof Valentina Escott-Price, Cardiff University, School of Medicine, Division of Neuroscience and Mental Health
- Dr Elizabeth Coulthard, University of Bristol, School of Medicine, Institute of Clinical Neurosciences
Alzheimer’s disease has a significant heritable component, yet we know little about how this genetic risk affects the living human brain. The project will incorporate bioinformatic approaches using neuroimaging, genomic and clinical health record data to understand why we see increased brain cell death in individuals with heightened genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. The student will integrate this data to generate models that refine our understanding of the spatial, temporal and cellular brain alterations that occur prior to the onset of Alzheimer’s disease symptoms. The student will liaise with mathematicians, epidemiologists and neurologists to enhance ongoing risk prediction and biomarker strategies, aiming to optimise early detection and treatment in individuals with an increased genetic risk to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
Applicants must have obtained, or be expected to obtain, a First or Upper Second Class UK Honours degree, or the equivalent qualifications gained outside the UK, in an area appropriate to the skills requirements of the project. Academic qualifications are considered alongside significant relevant non-academic experience.
Non-UK applicants will also be required to have met the English language entry requirements of the University of Bath.
Enquiries and Applications:
Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Dr Thomas Lancaster on email address [Email Address Removed].
Formal applications must be submitted direct to the GW4 BioMed2 DTP using their online application form.
A list of all available projects and guidance on how to apply may be found on the DTP’s website. You may apply for up to 2 projects.
APPLICATIONS CLOSE AT 17:00 (GMT) ON 2 NOVEMBER 2022.
IMPORTANT: You do NOT need to apply to the University of Bath at this stage – only those applicants who are successful in obtaining an offer of funding from the DTP will be required to submit an application for an offer of study from Bath.