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NHLI Foundation Scholarship “Management and Health Impact of Asthma” – 3 year PhD Studentship

National Heart and Lung Institute

Dr Chloe Bloom , Monday, May 31, 2021 Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

The National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation’s interest is in all aspects of heart, lung and cardiovascular disease. The Foundation awards grants to the National Heart and Lung Institute to assist the Institute in carrying out research, development and education in heart and lung medicine.

Past students exemplify the breadth of backgrounds and projects that NHLI Foundation Studentships attract. NHLI Foundation students have progressed to postdoctoral positions throughout the UK, Europe and the World. UK first destinations include Imperial College London, University College London, Nuffield Department of Clinical Medicine (Oxford), Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and the University of Dundee.

A PhD studentship is available at the National Heart and Lung Institute, funded by the National Heart and Lung Institute Foundation (Charity 1048073) to start in Summer / Autumn 2021. The studentship will be funded for three years, on a bursary of £18,000 per annum and tuition fees at the Home rate. There is no provision for overseas student fees. 

This is an exciting opportunity to conduct epidemiological research on the management and health impact of asthma. We particularly welcome candidates with an interest in improving the management of childhood asthma in the UK. The successful candidate will use data from a huge national database of primary care records, the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Prior related work has led to changes in the national asthma guidelines used to manage patients.

The studentship will be based within the Airways Disease section at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London (Royal Brompton Campus) and will be supervised by academic respiratory physicians. The main supervisor, a Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Respiratory Epidemiology, Dr Chloe Bloom, ,  (, has many years’ experience in data analysis, specifically in using this national, expanding, database. The secondary supervisor is a world leader in childhood asthma, Professor Sejal Saglani (

NHLI and Imperial College London provide excellent opportunities for postgraduate research student training including research seminars, journal clubs and an exciting collaborative environment. All students will belong to the Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Transferable Skills Programme and has received the Times Higher Award for Outstanding Support for Early Careers Researchers in 2006 and 2008.

How to Apply

Applicants must hold, a first or upper second-class honours degree or UK equivalent as well as a Masters in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. 

To apply please send a CV with your grades clearly listed, a one page personal statement, and the names and addresses of at least two academic referees to NHLI’s PGR Office .

Application Deadline: 31 May 2021

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