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PhD Studentship for the Centre for Applied Vision Research

Project Description

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the main cause of visual impairment in the UK. There is currently no treatment for most cases of age-related macular degeneration, however lifestyle modification (such as stopping smoking and changing diet) may reduce the risk of progression. Eye care professionals (ECP) are therefore recommended to provide lifestyle advice to patients with AMD, and the Royal College of Ophthalmologists state that patients should be informed of modifiable factors that can reduce the progression risk through written and verbal communication. Studies suggest that these guidelines are not consistently followed, however, little research has been conducted to see what the barriers are to advice provision, and what approaches may increase communication effectiveness. This study will investigate the extent, nature and effectiveness of lifestyle modification advice currently given to patients with AMD to provide a framework to increase the provision of delivery and optimise communication effectiveness.

We are looking for a student with:

• A Masters degree in a relevant discipline (including, but not limited to Optometry or a health related science), or 3+ years experience working in a relevant field;
• A passion for healthcare, reading and research;
• Excellent academic writing skills;
• Excellent oral communication skills.

• Previous experience in contributing to structural healthcare change (including, but not limited to editorial board membership, position on a local or national optometric committee);
• Previous research experience (for example a previous experience in contributing to academic papers or academic writing);
• Previous experience of qualitative research methods.

The supervisory team consists of three clinical optometric academics with a background in clinical research; Dr Tamsin Callaghan, Dr Alison Binns and Dr Valldeflors Vinuela-Navarro. You will be based primarily at City, University of London with lecturers Dr Tamsin Callaghan and Dr Alison Binns. The project will also require time based at Aston University where Dr Valldeflors Vinuela-Navarro is a lecturer.

To arrange an informal discussion about the studentship, contact Dr Tamsin Callaghan () or Dr Flors Vinuela-Navarro

Funding Notes

There is one full time studentship available (3 years).
UK students are eligible for the annual stipend (currently £16,777 per annum), plus fees paid. Non-EU (overseas) students are eligible to apply, but they will be required to make the appropriate arrangements to cover the difference between the overseas and UK tuition fee, which amounts to £8000 per annum.

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