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Multivariate analysis of human craniofacial geometry (HLS/SE/DRFAPP7P/63603)

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    Prof Evison
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Project Description

Understanding of variation in the geometry of the face and skull is valuable in clinical applications, such those involving surgical interventions undertaken in response to trauma or disease, and for cosmetic reasons. In forensic science, the proliferation of images from CCTV, mobile devices and social media has led to a demand for scientifically-based methods of forensic facial comparison. Understanding of craniofacial geometry also underlies forensic facial reconstruction, as applied to identification in ‘missing persons’ cases in criminal or coronial investigations and in human rights related work.

Understating of variation in craniofacial phenotype is also important in supporting the investigation of genotype-phenotype relationships, in curiosity driven research and in studies of clinical (e.g. syndromes affecting craniofacial development) and forensic (e.g. estimation of externally visible characteristics) significance.

The aim of this project is to use Principal Components Analysis and related multivariate approaches to characterize the relationships between a number of hard and soft tissue points collected in 2D and 3D, from facial surface and volume MR images of living subjects in large and unique datasets, with the aim of answering a range of questions of clinical, forensic and anthropological importance.

Informal Enquiries
Enquiries regarding this studentship should be made to: Professor Martin Evison, [email protected]
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Eligibility
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

How to Apply
For further details of how to apply, entry requirements and the application form, see
https://www.northumbria.ac.uk/research/postgraduate-research-degrees/how-to-apply/
Please ensure you quote the advert reference above on your application form.

Funding Notes

This studentship is only open to self-funding candidates. Self-funding candidates are expected to pay University fees and to provide their own living costs. In addition, a ‘bench fee’ will have to be paid to cover project running costs (at a level that will be determined specifically for each project).

References

Evison, M.P. Dryden, I.L., Fieller, N.R.J., Mallett, X.G.D., Morecroft, L., Schofield, D. and Vorder Bruegge, R.W. (2010). Key parameters of face shape variation in 3D in a large sample. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(1), 159-62. ISSN 0022-1198 (Print), 1556-4029 (Online) DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2009.01213.x
Mallett, X.G.D., Dryden, I.L. and Evison, M.P. (2010). An exploration of sample representativeness in anthropometric facial comparison. Journal of Forensic Sciences, 55(4), 1025-31. ISSN 0022-1198 (Print), 1556-4029 (Online) DOI: 10.1111/j.1556-4029.2010.01425.x

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