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(MRC DTP) Identifying genes and molecular mechanisms underlying susceptibility to juvenile idiopathic arthritis

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  • Full or part time
    Prof A Morris
    Dr J Bowes
    Prof W Thomson
  • Application Deadline
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  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
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Project Description

Juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA) is the most prevalent childhood rheumatic disease and is characterised by inflammation of the joints and other tissues that persists for more than six weeks. JIA is a heterogeneous disease, with multiple subtypes that are characterised by different clinical features. To date, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified 28 loci underlying disease susceptibility, but the lack of progress in determining the causal genes at these loci has limited the clinical translation of these genetic discoveries for the development of novel treatment options. The overall objective of the project will be to localise causal genes for JIA and understand the molecular mechanisms through which they impact on the disease. The project will make use of GWAS of JIA and other autoimmune conditions in the largest sample sizes available to the supervisory team (and through collaborators) to catalogue disease loci. Throughout, we will make use of existing statistical genetics methodology and novel state-of-the art techniques under development by the supervisory team to fine-map JIA GWAS loci and integrate these genetic data with a range of multi-omics resources. The project will provide the most comprehensive view of causal genes at JIA GWAS loci and the molecular mechanisms through which they impact on subtypes of the disease and other autoimmune conditions. Localisation of causal genes provides an opportunity to prioritise potential new targets for therapeutics and inform on treatments that might be relevant to specific JIA subtypes.

Entry Requirements:
Applications are invited from UK/EU nationals only. Applicants must have obtained, or be about to obtain, at least an upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject.

Funding Notes

This project is to be funded under the MRC Doctoral Training Partnership. If you are interested in this project, please make direct contact with the Principal Supervisor to arrange to discuss the project further as soon as possible. You MUST also submit an online application form - full details on how to apply can be found on the MRC DTP website

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