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MASTERS BY RESEARCH PROJECT: Sleep and affective behaviour: exploring the long-lasting effects of chronic sleep loss in adolescence


School of Physiology and Pharmacology

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About the Project

Start 23 September 2019

This MSc by Research is a laboratory-based project which offers the exciting opportunity to spend 1 year in one of our State-of-the-Art laboratories (plus 1 year thesis writing) at the University of Bristol and experience life as a researcher. You will be working with one of our cutting-edge research groups where you will learn new skills and techniques, including experimental design and implementation, data analysis and scientific writing.

Chronic insufficient sleep has become epidemic among adolescents worldwide and is as a serious health risk. Insufficient sleep is associated with higher risk of developing neuropsychiatric and behavioural disorders, such as anxiety and depression, that are the primary drivers of disability worldwide.

My group is studying how losing hours of sleep across adolescence affects, in the long-term, the morphology of neuronal connections (or synapses) in brain regions important for the control of behaviour and affective status. Altered size, density or molecular composition of synapses are a consistent structural finding in multiple neuropsychopathologies and underlie impaired neural circuit performance and impaired behaviour. By gaining insight into the underlying biological mechanisms linking chronic insufficient sleep to psychiatric disorders I aim to identify potential therapeutic targets to improve mental health.

Please visit the UOB/faculty of Life Sciences/ School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience/ postgraduate studies website for the complete list of available MSc by Research projects.

Funding Notes

This is a one-year, self-funded Masters (MSc) by research. Fees are £4300 (UK/EU Fee) and bench costs are £5000. Applicants should have (or expect to receive) the equivalent of a First or Upper second-class honours degree in a biomedical discipline.

When applying please select the Faculty of Life Sciences, MSc by Research, School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience



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