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W.D. Armstrong Studentship in Bioengineering of Traumatic Brain Injury

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  • Full or part time
    Prof MPF Sutcliffe
    Dr AK Kolias
  • Application Deadline
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a leading cause of death and disability in children and young adults globally. Treatment is determined by clinicians on the basis of clinical characteristics and imaging. However, the effects of trauma to the brain are not static; in fact, brain injury usually evolves during the first hours to weeks after trauma. Decompressive craniectomy (DC) is a procedure whereby part of the skull is removed and the underlying dura mater is opened. It is often used for the management of escalating brain oedema and elevated intracranial pressure as it can provide additional space for the swollen brain.

The project aims to develop our understanding of the mechanisms contributing to evolution of brain damage to guide clinical management of TBI. Attention will be focused on the deformation of the brain tissue, following TBI and craniectomy, developing new mechanics models of brain deformation. The study will take advantage of a substantial body of clinical data and could use machine learning techniques to enhance traditional data analysis approaches.

The project will be jointly supervised by Professor Sutcliffe in Engineering and Dr Kolias, Clinical Lecturer in Neurosurgery in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences.

Applicants should have (or expect to obtain by the start date) at least a good 2.1 degree in a Engineering or a related subject with a mechanics and/or materials background.

If you are interested in applying for this studentship, please email Prof. Sutcliffe ([Email Address Removed]) by 15th September 2019 (quoting ref NM20422), with an expression of interest, including a summary CV and a paragraph why you are interested in this project and why your academic background makes you a good candidate.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £60 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via:

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

Funding Notes

The studentship, funded by W.D. Armstrong Trust Fund, is available to Home, EU and overseas students for three years.

The studentship is fully funded for Home/EU students with maintenance of £15,009 pa (tax free) and University fees at the Home/EU rate only (£8,337).
Recipients of the award who may be subject to overseas rate (£29,343) accept the studentship on the understanding that any difference in University fees is the responsibility of the individual.

Additionally, an amount of £1000 per year, for three years is available as a research training support grant for costs relating to research and conferences, etc.

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