January 2019 studentships

The University of Leicester College of Life Sciences offers six PhD studentships in collaboration with the Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI), Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (LBRC), Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) and the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences (CVS).

Each studentship is for three years, starting in September 2019, and offers a stipend at UK Research Council rates. Available to UK/EU applicants with a 2:1 degree in a relevant subject.

Studentships available

The genetic contribution of biological age differences in disease risk
Studying the interaction between telomere length (TL) and genetically determined disease risk, drawing on unique access to TL data on 500,000 individuals. (LPMI/LBRC/CVS)

Understanding the role of endothelin pathway genetic variants in coronary artery disease
Examining local and national population-based samples for association between genotypes and inter-individual differences in cardiovascular disease intermediate phenotypes. (CVS)

Investigating the effect of telomere length on endothelial cell function
Exploring how telomere length may influence disease risk via endothelial cell physiology and how statin treatment may alter this. (LPMI/LBRC/CVS)

Reducing sedentary behaviour for improved physical function in type 2 diabetes
Investigating whether exercise interventions can reverse the physical deconditioning associated with diabetes. (LPMI/LBRC/LDC)

Biomarkers of coronary artery disease in multi-ethnic populations
Detecting and quantifying blood protein differences between disease groupings, then using the statistical model produced to develop a novel test for CAD. (LPMI/LBRC/CVS)

Redefining the NHS abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening strategy: Can targeted screening improve clinical and cost-effectiveness?
Analysing six years of NHS AAA Screening Programme results to see whether smoking and other factors might identify high/low risk patients. (LPMI/LBRC/CVS)

Research at the University of Leicester

One of the world’s leading research-intensive universities, Leicester is distinctive for a genuine synergy between research and teaching. From the invention of DNA fingerprinting to the genetic identification of King Richard III, we deliver world-class research, changing the way people think about the past, present and future. Our strength is built on the talent of our scholars, drawn to us by a mutual passion for discovery.

The mission of Leicester Precision Medicine Institute (LPMI) is to discover, develop and advance early, accurate diagnosis that provides the best treatment and disease management options for individual patients.

Founded with a £12 million NIHR grant, the Leicester Biomedical Research Centre is at the frontier of research into illnesses linked to respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the consequences of inactivity, translating scientific breakthroughs into diagnostic tests, preventions and life-saving treatments.

Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) is one of the largest facilities in Europe for conducting first class clinical research in diabetes. An NHS/NIHR partnership affiliated with the University’s College of Life Sciences, it receives funding from, among others, the BHF, the MRC and Diabetes UK.

Cardiovascular research has been a strength of the Leicester Medical School since its inception. The work of the Department of Cardiovascular Sciences has contributed to major advances in the treatment of coronary heart disease, cardiac arrhythmias, heart failure, hypertension and stroke.

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