PhD Studentship: Modifiable lifestyle factors as modulators of cognitive decline

University of Sheffield - Neuroscience

Lifestyle factors are increasingly identified as playing a significant role in modulating individuals’ risk of cognitive and brain decline in ageing. Factors such as obesity, smoking and excessive alcohol intake are recognised as interacting with other systemic and genetic factors to increase the risk of dementia in ageing. This project will focus on the retrospecitive analysis of a large comprehensive dataset of patients with cognitive impairment and matched controls to test the effects of individual lifestyle factors on measures of brain structure, white matter microstructural integrity and functional connectivity. The outcome of these studies has the potential to lead to possible preventative interventions, which might lower the risk of cognitive decline and lead to lower rates of dementia in the future.

The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry & Health Doctoral Academy Scholarships cover Home/EU fee and RCUK rate stipend for three years. Overseas students may apply but will need to fund the difference between the Home and Overseas fee from another source.

Proposed start date: October 2017

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