PhD Studentship: Early prediction of Gestational Diabetes

University of Warwick - Warwick Medical School

PhD Studentship – Warwick Medical School

The project will consist of 3 interlinked sub-projects:

  • Analysis of HbA1c using the PRiDE biobank. PRiDE is an MRC funded longitudinal cohort study of women from early pregnancy in two ethnic groups. PRiDE is the biggest early pregnancy cohort involving more than 4500 participants
  • Systematic review and primary research of novel biomarkers which can be used on its own or in combination with other clinical parameters (as a composite biomarker)
  • Qualitative study of the feasibility and acceptability of point of care biomarkers in early pregnancy to accurately predict Gestational Diabetes.

The successful candidate will have a fantastic opportunity to work within an established team which conducts studies in the UK, India, Kenya and Malaysia under the leadership of Professor P Saravanan, Division of Health Sciences, Warwick Medical School. He will be the primary supervisor for the student. In addition to the supervisor, the team is multidisciplinary which consists of Associate Professor in Obstetrics, NIHR Lecturers in Diabetes, Endocrinology & Metabolism and Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Clinical Fellow, Senior Research Fellow in Statistics, PhD students, and clinical research staff. It also works closely with the NHS Innovation award winning clinical team, for which Professor P Saravanan is the research lead.

Availability of pilot data from PRiDE study will enable the student to initiate the clinical research work as soon as he/she starts the studentship.  Given the comprehensive nature of the team, the student will have a fantastic learning environment within the team. The project is translational, this will also benefit the student to develop into a clinically oriented academic. The student will also benefit from the supervisor’s international link through his 2 MRC funded study (STRiDE: Gestational Diabetes in India and Kenya; MAGIC: Gestational Diabetes in Malaysia). This will enable ample opportunity for the student to develop into a translational research interested academic as well as personal development both during and at the end of the studentship.

Funding: This 3 year studentship covers full tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual tax-free maintenance stipend at the standard RCUK rate (£14,553 - 2017-2018).

Closing Date: Mid-Night on Sunday 29th October 2017

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