|UK Students, EU Students, International Students
|£18,622 Competition Funded Project (Home and International)
|31st October 2023
|15th January 2024
Alzheimer's disease (AD) represents a significant global health challenge. Early detection is critical for effective interventions, yet current screening methods for high-risk populations are limited by their cost and invasiveness. Recent research has uncovered intriguing connections between sensory alterations and the early stages of AD. Notably, changes in vision have emerged as potential indicators during preclinical phases. Additionally, the ability to identify Odors begins to decline, especially among those at higher dementia risk, such as carriers of the APOE-4 gene variant, who experience a twofold swifter decline in this ability. These findings hold profound implications for the early-stage detection of AD and the development of innovative therapeutic strategies.
This research project seeks a motivated PhD candidate to delve into the fascinating intersection of sensory changes and early-stage preclinical dementia. The successful candidate will employ advanced techniques in sensory analysis, neuroimaging, and data analytics to explore the potential of sensory alterations as early indicators of AD. The project will involve:
The chosen candidate will receive comprehensive training in sensory analysis, neuroimaging, and data analytics. You will have the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art MRI and olfaction research facilities and collaborate with leading researchers in the field of neurology and sensory science. Additionally, you will gain valuable experience in project management, data interpretation, and scientific communication, setting a strong foundation for a successful research career.
We are seeking a highly motivated and academically accomplished individual with a background in Neuroscience, psychology, biomedical sciences, or related fields. Key qualifications include:
This PhD project is in a Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences competition for funded studentships. These studentships are funded for 3 years and comprise UK (Home) fees, an annual stipend of £18,622 and £1,000 per annum for research training (RTSG). International applicants may apply but are required to secure additional funding to fund the difference between UK and overseas tuition fees (visit: https://www.uea.ac.uk/study/fees-and-funding/fees for details of Home and Overseas fee rates).
Primary Supervisor: Saber Sami
Start Date: October 2024
For more information on this project, please visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/search/courses/
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