PhD Studentship - Neurovascular Coupling and Ageing

University of Sheffield

Fully Funded PhD Scholarship in Psychology at the University of Sheffield

This is one of many projects in competition for the current funding opportunities available within the Department of Psychology

Project title: Neurovascular coupling and ageing

Primary supervisor:  Dr C Howarth

Co-supervisor/s:  Dr J Berwick

Project description: Neurovascular coupling is the mechanism which links a change in neuronal activity to a local change in blood flow in the brain. This phenomenon ensures that active neurons receive the energy (in the form of glucose and oxygen) that they require to function normally. It is known that during aging brain blood flow responses (e.g. to an increase in CO2) are altered. We will combine measurements of blood flow, neuronal activity and intracellular calcium transients with pharmacological manipulations to investigate what underlies age-related changes in brain blood flow.

Start date: 1 October 2018

Requirements: Applicants must have a minimum of a first class or high upper second-class undergraduate honours degree and a distinction or high merit at Masters level in psychology or a related discipline.

Funding: Tuition fees £4,194 per year Living Expenses £14,500.00

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Closing date for applications is 5pm Wednesday 24 January 2018

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