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Programming and implementation of a clinical trials visual testing app platform for assessment of advances in tissue engineering


   lifETIME Centre for Doctoral Training

   Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (UK Students Only)

About the Project

Apply now for 1st October start

Supervisors: Dr Amy L Sheppard 

https://research.aston.ac.uk/en/persons/amy-sheppard

Company: Wolffsohn Research Limited - https://www.wolffsohnresearch.com/

All tissue engineering requires clinical trials prior to licensing and this PhD will develop the tools required to support efficient and detailed clinical ophthalmic metric collection at baseline and at timepoints after treatment. As well as being embedded in the doctoral training centre education and networking, the student will work closely with a start-up medical device company to experience all the stages of medical app development and certification within ISO 13485 to develop a patient management dashboard and modules to conduct visual function tests, utilizing the mobile / smartphones inbuilt camera and sensors. Data analytics will be applied to allow machine learning to aid future clinician decision making for personalized medicine. In addition, the student will develop and clinically validate apps for home monitoring of patients to aid and assess compliance and to give real-work symptomology data.

Benefits of joining our programme

The benefit of this programme is that we have partners from industry (Pharma, contract research organisations, small enterprises), the NHS, regulation and charity organisations who will work with our students. This CDT is based at the Universities of Glasgow, Birmingham, Aston and Galway, as partners we work collaboratively to create a national cohort of new talent to drive this sector. This cohort will support each other throughout their professional careers working to bring better health to the UK and beyond.

Students who join this programme will find homes in dynamic labs in the host universities and have the opportunity for travel around the UK / Ireland and the rest of the world. If you want to perform exciting science, become a leader in the field, develop a network of like-minded talent and thus grow the UK drug discovery sector, then you should apply for this programme.

More information about the lifETIME programme is available here.

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Funding and eligibility

Fully funded studentships are available at the UK home rate for this project:

  • UK Home studentship – To be eligible for a fully funded UK home studentship you must be a UK national resident in the EEA, Switzerland, the UK or Gibraltar for the last three years. Candidates with settled status (having lived in the UK for five years) and pre-settled status (having lived in the UK/EEA/Gibraltar/Switzerland for a minimum of three years) are eligible for funding. Candidates with indefinite leave to remain or enter are also eligible for funding.
  • International studentship – We do not have any international funding available for this project. 

All applicants must have or expect to obtain a first-class degree (2.1 or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline; Physical Sciences, Engineering, or other relevant disciplines.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

lifETIME have placed EDI at the heart of its activities offering part-time studentships, childcare support for conference attendance, flexible working for careers as well as prompting work-life balance. We now offer EDI funding to support applications from widening participation backgrounds providing an additional funding of £2k p.a.


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