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  The Role of the Muscles in Minimising Tibial Stress During Running- Sports and Health Sciences - EPSRC DTP funded PhD Studentship

   College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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  Ms H Rice, Prof Krasi Tsaneva-Atanasova, Dr A Javadi  No more applications being accepted  Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About the Project

About the award
This project is one of a number funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnership to commence in September 2018. This project is in direct competition with others for funding; the projects which receive the best applicants will be awarded the funding.

The studentships will provide funding for a stipend which is currently £14,553 per annum for 2017-2018. It will provide research costs and UK/EU tuition fees at Research Council UK rates for 42 months (3.5 years) for full-time students, pro rata for part-time students.

Please note that of the total number of projects within the competition, up to 15 studentships will be filled.

St. Luke’s Campus, Exeter

Project Description
PhD funding is available for an interdisciplinary project exploring the role that muscles play in minimising bone stress during running. Running is a very popular form of physical activity, with many health benefits, but is associated with a high injury occurrence. Stress fractures of the tibia (shin bone) are one of the more burdensome running injuries.

The curved geometry of the tibia means that it undergoes mechanical bending, and experiences high stresses during running. The muscles which cross the tibia can act to minimise these stresses. This important interaction between the muscles and bones requires further exploration.

This research will use an interdisciplinary approach, combining human movement biomechanics with mathematical modelling and finite element analysis techniques to estimate tibial stress, non-invasively. The aim of the research is firstly to develop and evaluate a three-dimensional model of the tibia, which will then be simulated to identify factors which influence bone stress during running. Secondly, the model will be used to identify and test interventions to minimise tibial stress amongst runners.

The PhD student assigned to the project will collect motion capture data and magnetic resonance images from human participants, and will use mathematical and engineering techniques to develop and simulate a three-dimensional model of the tibia. This research would suit a student with a strong background in engineering or mathematics, with an interest in its application to human populations.

Entry Requirements
The majority of the studentships are available for applicants who are ordinarily resident in the UK and are classed as UK/EU for tuition fee purposes. If you have not resided in the UK for at least 3 years prior to the start of the studentship, you are not eligible for a maintenance allowance so you would need an alternative source of funding for living costs. To be eligible for fees-only funding you must be ordinarily resident in a member state of the EU.

Applicants who are classed as International for tuition fee purposes are NOT eligible for funding. International students interested in studying at the University of Exeter should search our funding database for alternative options.

Funding Notes

3.5 year studentship: UK/EU tuition fees and an annual maintenance allowance at current Research Council rate. Current rate of £14,553 per year.

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