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  Medical Research Council -funded Doctoral Training: Emerging Zoonotic Disease Risk in Informal Urban Settlements in Tanzania

   College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences

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  Dr S Cleaveland, Prof J Sharp  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine

Deadline: Friday 27th January 2012
Stipend: £13,848 per annum

One of the most significant contemporary public health challenges is the effect of large-scale migration to towns and cities in the developing world, and models suggest that these trends are only set to increase. The majority of migrants end up in unplanned, informal and overcrowded urban and peri-urban areas, which provides environments within which diseases can quickly spread between people, and between people and other animals such as dogs, cats, rodents, small ruminants and chickens.

This interdisciplinary PhD project will seek to examine primary disease risks to emerge from this environment, identify the populations most at risk, and determine the knowledge of disease symptoms, mitigation strategies, health seeking behaviour and treatments in different parts of the population. It will compare two informal settlements around Dar es Salaam and Arusha in Tanzania.

This PhD project would be conducted with strong links to a broader research project investigating diseases transmitted between humans and animals in northern Tanzania, involving an international collaborative team of doctors, vets, biologists, microbiologists and social scientists.

Applicant Instructions
This is a 3.5-year PhD studentship and students should click the Apply Online link below.

The start date is October 2012 and applicants will normally be expected to reside (or have residency) within the UK or EU. The financial package will include a 3.5 year stipend, approved University fees, Research Training Support Grant and a Conference Allowance. On the Programme of Study section of the application please select “Medicine and Therapeutics PhD” from the drop down menu. On this same page please place the project title(s) within the free text area and note the project supervisor(s) [see above] with the relevant section.

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