PhD Studentship: Deep Phenotyping in Knee Pain: Efficacy of Intervention at Improving Muscle Strength, Quality and Function

University of Nottingham - Clinical Neuroscience

Supervisors: Prof Paul Greenhaff, Prof Michael Doherty, Prof Philip Atherton and Dr Abhishek Abhishek

Funding: NIHR Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre

Project details: 

This studentship aims to carry out assessments and analyse data from a phenotyping in knee pain. These data will help the development of specific related muscle and pain biomarkers and identify gaps in our knowledge that need addressing in future clinical studies.

Nottingham is a centre of excellence for Musculoskeletal Theme with NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) status. This studentship will be based in the BRC and the student will join a vibrant, multidisciplinary team focused on furthering our understanding of knee pain and muscle function. The student will also work with staff from both the Divisions of Rheumatology Orthopaedics and Dermatology and Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience. Both Divisions are well regarded internationally, produce highly cited work, and encourage continuing professional development and collaborative effort.

This project will require strong wet lab analytical skills and a detailed appreciation of muscle metabolism and biology. Statistical analyses experience/ability would be an advantage. The supervisory team and project will produce the highly skilled, metabolic biologist that is acutely required to meet the demands of academia and biomedical musculoskeletal focused research. 

This study is being supported by the newly established Nottingham NIHR BRC and will benefit from collaborations within the BRC and the Arthritis Research UK Pain Centre.

The studentship would start September 2018 but can be started earlier if the candidate prefers. A later start date could be agreed for the right candidate. The studentship includes payment of tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and a tax free stipend of £14,553 per annum.  International students are welcome, but they have to self-fund the difference between the Home/EU and international fee.

Applicants must have at a minimum of a UK 2.1 degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A relevant Master’s degree would be an advantage (not essential).

The University of Nottingham is the top 1% of global universities and is ranked eighth in the UK on a measure of ‘research power’, with more than 80% of research rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The University of Nottingham also offers a world-class research training environment for postgraduate students, including an excellent range of support and services.

General information about the Department(s)/Institution(s) can be found at:

Nottingham Biomedical Research Centre: www.nottinghambrc.nihr.ac.uk

School of Medicine: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/medicine/index.aspx

Division of Rheumatology Orthopaedics and Dermatology: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Medicine/about/ROD/index.aspx 

School of Life Sciences:http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/life-sciences

Arthritis UK Pain Centre: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/paincentre

Informal enquiries can be addressed by email to Bonnie Millar bonnie.millar@nottingham.ac.uk

To apply, students should send a CV, cover letter explaining why they would like the opportunity to study for this PhD and an academic transcript and the names and addresses of two academic referees to msk-enquiries@nottingham.ac.uk

Interviews will take place January 2018.

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PhD

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Midlands of England