PhD Studentship: Impact of nutrition on symptomology in motor neuron disease

University of East Anglia - Norwich Medical School

Start Date: January 2017
No. of positions available: 1
Supervisor: Prof. Michael Hornberger

Project description:

We are looking for a PhD student to join Prof. Michael Hornberger’s group to investigate the relationship of omega-3 and flavonoid levels on disease symptomology and progression in Motor Neuron Disease.

The project will investigate this aim in healthy elderly as well as in early stage Motor Neuron Disease patients from a multi-disciplinary angle by combining state-of-the-art nutrition and clinical measures. In addition, the successful candidate may have also the chance to learn exploring the neural correlates of these changes via structural and functional brain imaging data. This exciting project will not only allow to determine how nutrition impacts on Motor Neurone Disease, but also to develop novel algorithms to determine the impact of these factors on the disease.

The candidate should have a strong neuroscience background and experience working with Motor Neuron Disease patients or data. Overall, the project will allow the candidate to pioneer work in a research area with great potential for treatment in the future.

Person specification: The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain a minimum of 2:1.

Funding notes: This PhD project is a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences funded studentship. This studentship is funded for 3 years and comprises home/EU fees, an annual stipend of £14,296 and £1000 per annum to support research training.

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