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Transcranial direct current stimulation to improve motor function in children with cerebral palsy

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Oxford Brookes University
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences,
Department of Sports, Health Sciences and Social Work


This Studentship is available on a Part-time basis only.
Eligibility: Home UK/EU applicants who must be permanently resident in UK/EU
Fees.: Part-time Home/EU fees paid by the University (max 5 years)
Closing date: 5.00pm on 31 October 2019
Start date: January 2020

Supervisors: Professor Helen Dawes

Project:
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) is a safe and painless form of non-invasive brain stimulation, with the potential to enhance cortical plasticity and improve motor function in a range of neurological conditions. In people with Cerebral Palsy (CP), functional deficits limit independence and participation in daily activities. Therefore, the potential to utilise tDCS as an adjunct to physical therapies is an attractive concept warranting investigation.

This PhD aims to contribute to a better understanding of the potential for tDCS to target both the upper and lower limb simultaneously using combined upper and lower limb functional training.

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References

Requirements:
Applicants should have (or be expecting) a first or upper second class honours degree from a Higher Education Institution in the UK or acceptable equivalent qualification in Physiotherapy. EU Applicants must have a valid IELTS Academic test certificate (or equivalent) with an overall minimum score of 7.0 and no score below 6.0 issued in the last 2 years by an approved test centre.
Applicants should have experience in a research role and at least 2 years experience working in research with children, research in schools and children with cerebral palsy. Experience of NHS ethics and R&D procedures is also desirable for this project.

How to apply:
Download the application form here: http://www.hls.brookes.ac.uk/images/research/phd-studentship-application-form-jan-14.doc

The completed application form should be sent by email to: [email protected]

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