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Clinical evaluation of texture analysis in cardiac assessments

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    Prof G Houston
    Prof A Struthers
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  • Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)
    Funded PhD Project (European/UK Students Only)

Project Description

Medical Research Scotland
PhD Studentship Award

This project is one of 11 four year PhD Studentships funded by Medical Research Scotland (http://www.medicalresearchscotland.org.uk) to be delivered jointly by the named University and Company. The Studentship will provide the first-class academic and commercial training needed to equip the successful candidate for a science career in an increasingly competitive market.

"Evaluation of the clinical efficacy of texture analysis in myocardial quantification" to be delivered by the University of Dundee [Supervisors: Professor Graeme Houston (Division of Molecular and Clinical Medicine) and Professor Allan Struthers (Division of Cardiovascular and Diabetes Medicine)] and Guerbet (www.guerbet.com) [Company supervisor: Dr Sebastian Ballet].

Traditional image analysis has focused largely on the visual inspection and analysis of images of the heart. However, a wealth of information is present in each and every medical image that is simply beyond the reading of the human eye. The goal of this research is to evaluate the use of texture analysis (an image analysis technique that allows quantification of the heterogeneity of tissue) to determine how the heart muscle changes in health, disease and in response to drug therapy. The project will also assess if this characterisation of the heart muscle improves on the information provided by current image analysis. Potential benefits of this work involve the development and validation of a novel image analysis technique that can be applied to routinely acquired clinical images, thus expanding the use of diagnostic information that can be extracted without the extra burden to the patient and minimal extra cost to the health service.


Informal enquiries should be sent by email to Professor J Graeme Houston:
[email protected]


Candidates must have obtained, or expect to obtain, a first or 2.1 UK undergraduate degree, or equivalent for degrees obtained outside the UK, in a relevant discipline, such as MBChB, Medical Physics, or Statistics with a strong background in medical statistics (clinical experience would be advantageous).

Applicants should send a CV, the contact details of 2 academic references (including email addresses) and a covering letter, explaining why the applicant wishes to carry out this project, by email to Dr Shona Matthew:
[email protected]

Interviews are expected to take place approximately 2-3 weeks after the closing date for applications.

It is anticipated that the PhD Studentship will start in August or September 2017.

Funding Notes

PhD Studentship provides: an annual tax-free stipend of £17,500, increasing to £18,000 over the four years; tuition fees at UK/EU rates only; consumables; and contribution to travel expenses. International fees are not covered.



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