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Ophthalmology & Visual Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

We have 20 Ophthalmology & Visual Science PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships in the UK

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  The eyes have it: fetal reactions to visual stimulation
  Dr N Reissland
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The womb is not entirely dark and hence fetuses can perceive light. It is not clear what fetuses might be able to perceive and in what detail they might be able to “see” which has implications for cognitive development.
  Assessment of Spectacle Independence with Multifocal IOLs utilising Patient Reported Outcomes
  Dr C Hamer, Dr K Bannigan
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Ref. SHLS20024 Hamer. In cataract surgery, the assessments, procedure and implants (intraocular lenses, IOLs) have all improved to such an extent, that it is now possible to correct pre-existing refractive error (need for spectacles) [1-4].
  Exploring eye care pathways, patient priorities and economics in low and middle-income countries
  Dr S Jonuscheit, Dr N McHugh, Prof N Strang
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Ref. SHLS20031. Background. Worldwide, about 400 million people are visually impaired or blind, constituting considerable demand for eye care.1 Effective and accessible eye care can make a significant difference to the lives of millions of people as 80% of all causes of visual impairment are preventable or curable.
  Measuring the Impact of Visual Impairment on Face Perception: A Combined Behavioural and Haemodynamic Approach
  Dr A Logan, Dr U Shahani, Dr L Cameron
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Ref. SHLS20025. Faces contain a wealth of information. a brief glimpse is typically sufficient to recognise a familiar face or interpret a facial expression.
  Vertical reading training for stroke survivors with visual field loss
  Dr K Thomson, Dr C Hazelton
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Ref. SHLS20028 Thomson. Background. Stroke survivors with visual field loss struggle to read, due to an inability to see the start or end of lines of text within the area of lost vision.
  The Biological and Pathological Effects of Blinking (Ref: SF20/APP/MCDERMOTT1)
  Prof A McDermott
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Blinking is essential to spread the tear film over the surface of the eye and so keeps the eye moist and lubricated to ensure a smooth surface for refraction of light and provision of essential nutrients and protective antimicrobial molecules.
  Understanding the Biological Properties of Medicinal Maggot Secretions (Ref: SF20/APP/MCDERMOTT2)
  Prof A McDermott
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Medicinal maggots have long been used to promote healing of skin wounds. Their beneficial effects are, at least in part, due to secreted molecules that facilitate tissue rejuvenation, and that have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory actions.
  Impact of liver reduction diet, low calorie diet and bariatric surgery on hepatic health and cardiometabolic risk factors.
  Dr H Soran, Dr A Syed, Dr R Donn, Dr M Ferdousi
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Obesity and its related co-morbidities, especially Type 2 Diabetes (T2DM), are a major source of disability and premature mortality from micro- and macro-vascular discease.
  Small nerve fibre damage and sexual dysfunction in diabetes and obesity. A mechanistic assessment and effect of lipid modifying agents.
  Dr H Soran, Prof R Malik, Dr R Donn, Dr M Ferdousi
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Diabetes and its complications represent a growing global health burden, affecting an estimated 366 million people worldwide.
  Dynamic cell fate decisions: linking mechanical signals and protein expression dynamics in the developing eye to understand human developmental disorders
  Dr Cerys Manning, Prof N Papalopulu
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Inherited developmental disorders account for much of childhood visual impairment. Development of the eye requires cell fate decisions that balance stem cell proliferation and differentiation.
  Lateral hypothalamus as a visual centre controlling arousal, autonomic function and reflex behaviours
  Dr T Brown, Dr D Bechtold
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In addition to supporting our conscious perception of the world around us, light and visual stimuli exert wide ranging effects on animal physiology and behaviour via hard-wired ‘reflexes’ which range from simple effects of light on sleep, alertness and neuroendocrine function to the avoidance of rapidly approaching objects.
  Developing optogenetic therapies for retinal degeneration
  Prof R Lucas, Dr Nina Milosavljevic
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Retinal degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in developed countries. The new exciting biological approach of optogenetic therapy in which ectopic expression of photosensitive proteins (photopigments) is used to restore photosensitivity, offers a potential breakthrough for treating these conditions.
  Improving the interaction between visually impaired people and health services
  Prof C Dickinson, Dr D Phipps, Dr P Lewis
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An important, but relatively under-explored, issue in healthcare quality and safety is the interaction between healthcare systems and patients with visual impairment.
  The use of high- and low-melanopic lighting to improve cognitive work in healthcare
  Dr D Phipps, Prof C Dickinson
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Previous research has supported the notion that lighting conditions play a role in determining how well humans work on healthcare tasks.
  Generation of universal donor transplant tissue by genomic engineering of induced pluripotent stem cells
  Dr F Manson, Dr T Wang
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Project Description. Blindness can be caused by mutations in genes expressed in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE), the tissue adjacent to the rod and cone photoreceptor cells that is essential for their normal function.
  Molecular Pathology of Glaucoma
  Prof C Willoughby
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Primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) is a leading cause of blindness worldwide affecting over 64 million people. Glaucoma is a complex multifactorial ocular disease with significant health and socio-economic impact.
  Drug-loaded biodegradable microparticles as a novel safe anti-scarring strategy in the eye
  Dr M Bailly, Prof R Day
Application Deadline: 8 June 2020

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We offer a full-time 4 year PhD studentship to develop biodegradable microparticles as a novel safe anti-scarring strategy in the eye.
  Computational imaging of the retina
  Prof A Harvey, Dr J Taylor
Application Deadline: 8 June 2020

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Recent years have witnessed a revolution in retinal-imaging technology underpinned by new electro-optic technologies and image analysis.
  Using next-generation sequencing and CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing to investigate penetrance and phenotypic variation in inherited eye disease
  Dr C Toomes
Applications accepted all year round

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Human inherited retinal diseases (IRDs) result from mutations in over 250 different genes, many of them implicated by the Leeds Vision Research Group (eg Panagiotou et al 2017, AJHG 100:960-968; El-Asrag et al 2015, 96:948-54).
  Anti-accommodation in anisometropic amblyopia
  Dr S Toor, Dr C Codina
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Accommodation has always been considered to be a symmetrical process, with each eye accommodating an equal amount, even in anisometropia.
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