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Institute of Global Health Innovation PhD Programme 2016

Institute of Global Health Innovation PhD Programme 2016

The Institute of Global Health Innovation (IGHI) works to design & diffuse high impact global healthcare innovations and to reduce health inequalities worldwide. Led by Professor the Lord Ara Darzi since 2010, we are a multidisciplinary team of over 160 clinicians, engineers, scientists, psychologists, policy analysts, data specialists, healthcare managers, economists, industrial designers and entrepreneurs all focused on the co-creation and diffusion of healthcare innovation to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges facing mankind today.

Our PhD programme is open to UK/EU and overseas students. The funding is for three years and covers both fees and living expenses. Research progress is assessed each year and continuing receipt of funds will depend on satisfactory academic progress.

Ideal candidates will have research interest in the following areas:

Centre for Health Policy:

  • Patient safety
  • Global diffusion of healthcare innovation
  • Advanced analytical techniques applied to healthcare
  • Economic evaluation of health policies
  • Global health policy and universal health coverage

Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery:

  • Medical Imaging and Robotics
  • Pervasion Sensing (body sensor networks and surgical implants)
  • Medical Devices and Design in Healthcare

HELIX Centre for Design in Healthcare:

  • User centred design
  • Behavioural design
  • mHealth
  • Frugal Innovation

Centre for Digestive and Gut Health:

  • Optimising nutritional strategies to achieve a healthy gut metabolism
  • Phenotyping of malnutrition and monitoring responses to intervention
  • Understanding mechanisms of diabetes resolution after Bariatric surgery
  • Modelling gut-microbial-human metabolism in relation to disease aetiopathogenesis (for example, autism)
  • Building chemically aware surgical devices for real-time operative diagnostics
  • Mass spectrometric chemical tissue imaging

Applicants should usually have a good 1st class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject and preferably also a good Masters degree in the relevant area for their PhD. Applicants must be fluent in written and spoken English.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A two-page research statement that describes:
    1. What you see as an interesting research issue
    2. An outline of the objectives and methodology for the research
    3. What relevant experience you have
  2. A detailed CV
  3. Transcripts of all degree results
  4. Contact details for two referees

The IGHI PhD programme is focused on innovation in healthcare through policy, science, technology and design. One studentship will be awarded per Centre. Please review each Centre’s website and consider carefully how your proposed topic would relate to these areas of academic interest for the Centre. While applications in other fields of healthcare innovation are also welcome, please be aware that we receive a very large volume of applications for the PhD programme, and fit with the Centre’s interests will be one of the selection criteria for initial shortlisting.

Please email your application to [email protected] with the subject title ‘Global Health PhD studentship application’ and the Centre name you are applying under i.e. ‘Global Health PhD studentship application: Centre for Health Policy’.

Deadline for applications

The closing date for applications is Friday 4th March 2016.

Imperial College London values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The IGHI PhD programme is focused on innovation in healthcare through policy, science, technology and design

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