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PhD Studentship in A device for the early detection of osteoarthritis in dogs

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, August 15, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
September 2019 for 3 years.

This PhD will explore earlier diagnosis and treatment of canine osteoarthritis using sensor technology. Canine osteoarthritis is major health and welfare concern found in 80% of dogs over eight. Current means of diagnosing osteoarthritis in dogs are not ideal because the disease is often recognised only when the dog attends the vet for an unrelated routine visit. Sensor technology potentially offers a more accurate and reliable solution to the problem of under-diagnosis. Sensors can detect subtle changes in gait associated with early stages of arthritis. With support from supervisors at Newcastle University and an industry partner, this project will investigate the utility of sensors for canine arthritis diagnosis and management. The project will combine social sciences (Delphi consultation) with sensor methods (accelerometers) to validate an early warning and for monitoring system for canine arthritis and determine the most effective means of implementing such a system within the veterinary health care sector.

The School of Natural and Environmental Science and Newcastle University provides a world-class research environment in the heart of one of the most vibrant cities in the UK. Our research spans different disciplines, including Agriculture, Biology and Zoology, Chemistry and Marine Sciences with collaborations across the UK, Europe and the rest of the world. Relevant to this project, the School hosts a start-of-the-art Animal Gait facility within the Centre for Digital Innovation in Livestock (CDIAL).

The Animal Sciences Expertise group within the School encompasses expertise from the molecule to the whole animal and into systems in a wide range of species including laboratory, farm, wild and companion animals. We conduct multi-disciplinary research with leading academic, industrial, governmental and charitable organisations across the world. One of our particular strengths is in the development and implementation of novel means of assessing pain and welfare.

As a PhD student in our expertise group, you’ll be part of the wider graduate community in the school and Graduate School within the university. You will benefit from Newcastle’s postgraduate training programme which enables you to gain the technical and professional skills needed for your studies and future career.

The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and VetSens

Name of supervisor(s):
Lucy Asher, Matt Leach, Cassim Ladha.

Eligibility Criteria
The award is available to UK/EU applicants only.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system.

You need to:

insert the programme code 8020F in the programme of study section
select ‘PhD in Biology – Biological Sciences’ as the programme of study
insert the studentship code NES023 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code NES023 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications.

Please also send CV, cover letter and written statement on why you want to do this PhD to .

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £15,009 (full award-rising with inflation)

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