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  Epigenetic mechanisms of behavioural, placental and cognitive impairment in a neurodevelopmental model for schizophrenia
  Dr R Hager, Prof J Neill, Dr J Glazier
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A fundamental question in disease research is how stressors experienced during critical developmental periods influence the genesis or ‘programming’ of adult disease (Estes & McAllister 2016).
  (BBSRC DTP) The evolution and development of mutualistic cooperation in nonhuman primates and humans
  Dr K Jensen, Dr S Shulltz, Dr E Fe-Rodriguez, Dr T Smith
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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One of the most perplexing problems in biology and psychology is human cooperation. How can coordination and prosocial acts such as helping exist in the face of free-riding and cheating? One solution involves mutualistic interactions.
  A smartphone hearing aid intervention for underserved communities (GCRF)
  Prof K Munro, Dr D Moore
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Hearing loss affects close to 1.3 billion people and is a growing global health concern as a leading contributor to years lived with disability (Swanepoel et al., WHO Bulletin, 2019).
  Developing a questionnaire to assesses patients’ experiences of audiology services
  Prof K Munro, Prof C Armitage
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There is growing interest in measuring patients’ experiences of clinical services. This can be used to measure quality, evaluate quality improvement initiatives and compare services.
  Development and validation of an observational measure of children’s conversational skills: application to children who have Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder or High-functioning autism spectrum disorder
  Dr C Adams, Dr J Freed
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Social communication impairments in school-aged children are a fundamental feature of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and are prominent in a type of language disorder called Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder (SPCD).
  Improving the lives of older adults with hearing loss: Developing a self-report measure of effortful listening to guide clinical practice
  Dr A Heinrich, Prof K Munro, Dr R Millman
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Hearing loss is the most prevalent sensory deficit. In the UK, more than 10 million adults have a hearing loss. Because it is often associated with old age and the size of the older population is growing, it is predicted that there will be more than 14 million people with a hearing loss by 2030.
  Infants’ early understanding of word meaning
  Dr A Ferry, Prof A Theakston
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While children begin to say their first words around 12 months of age, there is evidence that they start to understand the meaning of common words much earlier in development, suggesting that infants have already started to build a vocabulary.
  The acquisition of morphology in children: understanding the factors involved in children’s comprehension and production of correct inflections
  Prof E Lieven, Prof A Theakston
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Morphology is the study of the prefixes or endings that change the meanings of words (called inflections). In English, -s, codes number (girl-girlS); -ed codes past tense (eg.
  The effect of female sex hormones on hearing and tinnitus.
  Dr K Kluk
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Sex hormones fluctuate in level in women, both during the lifespan and during the ovarian cycle. Recent research suggests that oestrogen is neuroprotective, and may affect auditory function.
  The Effects of Prior Conditioning on Susceptibility to Noise Damage in Young People
  Prof C Plack, Dr G Prendergast
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There is increasing concern that young people are damaging their hearing through recreational activities such as attendance at live music events and use of personal listening devices.
  The influence of agency and engagement with animals on conservation and welfare education in zoos
  Dr K Jensen, Dr S Shulltz
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A defining role of zoos and museums is to educate visitors about animal welfare and conservation. One important aspect for the educational value of zoos and museums is the emotional connections visitors form.
  An investigation of psychological and clinical factors associated with the development of chronic or persistent pain in children and young people with inflammatory and non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions.
  Dr L Cordingley, Prof W Thomson, Dr R Lee, Dr J McDonagh
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Background. Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA) is an inflammatory arthritis presenting in children and young people. Pain is one of the main features of JIA and it is often described as one of the most burdensome yet invisible symptoms of this long-term condition.
  (BBSRC DTP) Stress reactivity and social loss: the effects of adverse childhood experiences on neurobiology throughout the lifespan
  Dr N Muhlert, Prof R Elliott
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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We are living in an ageing population. Roughly one in five people in the UK is aged over 65. As people live longer there is an increasing need to discover factors that promote healthy ageing.
  Characterising coordination difficulties in autism using computational techniques
  Dr E Gowen, Dr E Poliakoff, Dr A Casson
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Autism is a life-long developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and interacts with people. ~80% of autistic individuals also have altered motor control such as less accurate eye-hand coordination and abnormal gait patterns, causing considerable problems with activities of daily living.
  Face identity recognition: Exploring the role of observer motion and motion of viewed person
  Dr K Lander, Dr P Warren
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The ability to identify people around us is crucial to our everyday lives, determining the nature of our social interactions and relationships.
  Fluency and Context in Recognition Memory
  Dr J Taylor, Dr A Kafkas
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This project relates to a sort of ‘memory illusion’. On a recognition memory test, increasing the perceptual fluency of a test cue increases the likelihood that the word will be endorsed as ‘familiar’, even if it hasn’t been seen in the study phase (and therefore should have been called ‘new’).
  Investigating the attentional consequences of the uncanny valley
  Dr E Poliakoff, Dr E Gowen, Dr C Capek
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The “uncanny valley” was hypothesed by roboticist Mori in 1970, whereby people would like robots of increasingly human-likeness until they were close to, but not fully human.
  Investigating the incidence of falls and relationship to motor ability in autistic adults
  Dr E Gowen, Dr E Stanmore, Dr E Poliakoff
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Autism is a life-long developmental condition that affects how a person communicates and interacts with people. In addition to these social symptoms, >70% of autistic individuals show signs of altered motor control such as less accurate eye-hand coordination, unstable balance and abnormal gait patterns.
  Parallel processing by neurons in the thalamocortical pathway
  Dr R Petersen
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Each of our brains contains more neurons than there are people on the planet. Everything that we experience or do involves large groups of neurons operating in concert.
  Perceptual stability in Virtual Reality across the adult lifespan
  Dr P Warren, Dr R Champion
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When we move, stationary parts of the world around us move on the retina. Of course, usually we correctly interpret this retinal motion as due to our own movement and not movement of the surrounding environment.
  When more yields less: Understanding therapeutic gains according to lesion profile in chronic stroke aphasia.
  Dr A Woollams, Dr L Cloutman
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Aphasia is a common consequence of stoke ultimately affecting one in five cases, with the most common residual difficulty being word finding difficulties, or anomia.
  Illness Perceptions and Explanatory Models of Psychosis in Caregivers in Indonesia: Scale Development (GCRF)
  Dr L Renwick, Prof K Lovell, Dr P Bee
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The primary focus of this PhD project is to develop a measure of illness perceptions for caregivers of people with psychosis or schizophrenia in Indonesia.
  A feasibility study of Behavioural activation (BA) in young people with asthma and depression in Pakistan (GCRF)
  Dr N Husain, Dr A Blakemore, Dr R Ramkisson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Lower respiratory infections (LRI) are considered to be one of the top five causes of mortality and disability-adjusted life years lost in adolescence globally.
  Adherence, cognition and attitudes to treatment in at-risk mental states and schizophrenia (Manchester-Melbourne Dual Award)
  Dr R Drake, Prof A Yung
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Poor adherence to antipsychotic medication multiplies the risk of relapse and suicide, yet at any time 40% of service users are poorly adherent.
  Developing and testing culturally adapted suicide prevention interventions for Postnatal Mothers in South Asian Countries (GCRF)
  Dr M Panagioti, Dr N Husain, Dr R Ramkisson
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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The University of Manchester (UoM) and global partner, Pakistan Institute of Living and learning (PILL) has been awarded funding by the Global Doctoral Research Network (GOLDEN) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) – (through their PHD Programme Awards in Health and wellbeing in Global Inequalities to support one studentship (from April 2020/September 2020).
  Developing prognostic models in early psychosis through digital interventions
  Dr S Bucci, Dr G P Martin, Dr M Sperrin
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Psychosis is a severe mental health problem characterised by unusual experiences such as hallucinations and persecutory beliefs; it is a major cause of distress, disability and personal and societal burden.
  Exploring therapeutic alliance for digital mental health
  Dr K Berry, Dr S Bucci
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It is well established that successful psychological therapies require the development of a therapeutic alliance (TA) between therapist and client based on the negotiation of shared treatment goals.
  Feasibility and acceptability of a culturaly adapted Relatives Education and Coping Toolkit: A self-help Psychoeducation package for relatives of people with early psychosis in Pakistan- Ca-REACT-PK (GCRF)
  Dr R Drake, Dr L Renwick, Dr N Husain
Application Deadline: 31 January 2020

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Psychosis is a condition that affects brain processes and causes the individual to lose touch with reality. It is one of the 20 leading causes of disability, affecting 29 million people worldwide.
  How do people move from contemplating to attempting suicide: Investigating the cognitive mechanisms of loss of control and limited awareness of goals
  Dr D Pratt, Dr W Mansell, Dr S Tai
Applications accepted all year round

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Suicide is a leading cause of death and it remains unclear how individuals transition from contemplating suicide (ideators) to attempting suicide (attempters).
  Understanding and measuring resilience living with rare diseases
  Dr F Ulph, Dr R MacLeod
Applications accepted all year round

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Research into the psychological impact of illness has highlighted the importance of resilience, which has driven an interest in developing interventions to support this.
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