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Stress responses in the diabetic heart: Effects of exercise training and glycaemic control

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

The diabetic heart, even before developing disease, has impaired relaxation and contractility. These changes limit the work capacity of the heart (maximal cardiac output) and limit the functional capacity of people with diabetes. Our research is examining how diabetes alters cardiomyocyte function in animals and human heart samples taken during cardiothoracic surgery. Current projects are investigating how exercise, sympatho-excitation and glycaemic control affect the diabetic heart. We are seeking motivated students with an interest in cardiovascular/exercise physiology to join our lab and examine how diabetes impairs cardio-vascular function. We will utilize methods that examine heart function from whole organ to single skinned cardiomyocytes and combine these studies with state-of-the-art biochemical techniques. Candidates seeking a PhD who have attained an MSc or Honours degree with a significant research component are encouraged to apply.

To apply; please provide the following information:
• Your name and country of citizenship
• Two page CV using the following format (pdf):
A. Personal details and academic qualifications
B. Present research/professional speciality (one paragraph)
C. Professional distinctions and memberships (honours, prizes, scholarships etc.)
D. Peer-reviewed publications (accepted, in press and submitted only please)
E. Refereed conference proceedings
• Brief (< 300 words) explanation of your interest/background in this research area
• Certified academic transcript (with explanation of content if necessary)
• Certified evidence of English proficiency
• The names of two referees and their relationship to you
If your application is considered, the supervisor will contact you to discuss the next steps and Departmental Administrator will check that your documents are complete.

Funding Notes

: The PhD project will be funded by the University of Otago doctoral scholarship (tuition fees and a tax-free personal allowance of NZD $27,000 p.a. for 36 months). Departmental scholarships of equal value are also available for qualified candidates. Successful candidates are expected to apply and be awarded a scholarship.

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