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Vestibular control of balance in health and disease

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Self-Funded PhD Students Only
    Self-Funded PhD Students Only

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Our sense of balance is signalled by the vestibular system. We use this vestibular sense when we go to the bathroom at night since it helps us to keep upright and keep our sense of direction. When this sense is lost, we might fall over or become disorientated, as happens in older adults or people with a higher than normal degree of day-to-day dizziness. To put the contribution of the vestibular system into perspective, when we lose this sense acutely through an infection, the ensuing vertigo is accompanied by wobbly eye movements (nystagmus), significant postural imbalance and vomiting.

This project aims to study the interaction between the peripheral and cortical vestibular network in people who experience a higher than normal degree of day-to-day dizziness. The successful candidate will use methods such as vestibular stimulation, gait adaptability, electrooculography, navigation tasks and computer based tasks to probe these features.

We welcome applications from self-funded students who are highly motivated at any time. Applicants should have a recognised BSc Honours or Masters Degree with a 2.1 or equivalent in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Audiology, Optometry Medical Science, Neurophysiology or a related field. Candidates will need to be willing to work with participants and patients.

Eligibility: Applicants whose entry award was not delivered in English, or is a non-native speaker on English, shall be required to demonstrate proficiency in English at least to the level of an IELTS score of 7.0 or its equivalent.

The following link provides details of the fees associated with this research at the University of Wolverhampton

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