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Search for a novel therapeutic approach in chronic pain management


   Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School

   Applications accepted all year round  Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About the Project

One in five people worldwide suffer from some form of chronic pain, and only minority of patients gain adequate pain control with existing drugs. Untreated pain has major social and economic impact in terms of lost employment, inflated medical costs and substantial influence on quality of life, including the development of anxiety, depression and sleep impairment. Untreated pain also remains a significant concern and interest of major pharmaceutical and medical device companies. This PhD project in research group of Dr Ilona Obara will focus on a discovery science approach to recognise novel targets and strategies for the treatment of chronic pain within the School of Pharmacy at Newcastle University. The overall aim of this research project will be the identification, characterisation and validation of novel drug targets and strategies through understanding of the underlying molecular mechanisms of chronic pain using pre-clinical models and translational approaches. This study will employ a combination of state-of-the art in vivo pharmacological, imaging and behavioural approaches, which will lead to characterization of a completely novel signalling route involved in chronic pain pathology, with high impact potential as a novel therapeutic strategies to combat chronic pain.

Successful candidates will benefit from full technological and academic support from the research group of Dr Obara, as well as access to the vast array of expertise and tools provided by close collaborators across the globe, including pharmaceutical and medical device companies. Successful candidates will acquire a broad range of skills including experimental design, in vivo testing, surgery, and data analyse as well as will be encouraged to actively participate in the national and international conferences on pain and neuroscience. Moreover, the candidate will join a vibrant Pain Group at Newcastle University which includes academics and students from pharmacy, dentistry, neuroscience and psychology and they will have opportunities to interact and work with our industry partner/s.

Applicant should hold or expect to hold a 2:1 or 1st class degree in a biomedical or pharmacy science or equivalent subject.

If you are interested in applying, send your CV and covering letter detailing your reasons for applying for this studentship to Postgraduate Student Coordinator at School of Pharmacy at .

Funding Notes

The successful candidate will be expected to provide full funding for Tuition Fees, living expenses and maintenance. Applicants should also be aware that additional research costs are required (in addition to the above Tuition Fees and Living Expenses) for project running and consumables. Details of the full cost of study can be found on our website: View Website. There is no additional funding attached to this project.

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