SPRINT-MND/MS PhD Programme
SPRINT-MND/MS PhD Programme
Our inaugural year PhD students
Projects include clinical/psychology, nursing, and social science...
.......as well as laboratory-based projects
Scottish PhDs in motor neurone disease & multiple sclerosis research
The Universities of Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews are delighted to announce the SPRINT-MND/MS (Scottish PhD Research & Innovation Network Traineeships in MND/MS) programme: a network of PhD studentships across Scotland, to promote research into all aspects of motor neurone disease and multiple sclerosis.
Applicants will have a wide choice of projects supervised by world-leading researchers at these five Scottish Universities. Projects will include laboratory, clinical/psychology, nursing/allied health professional and social science-related topics.
The SPRINT-MND/MS programme is funded by the Scottish Government in partnership with the five Universities, and reflects a growing commitment to research into these neurodegenerative diseases that are a major public health threat as well as often being devastating to families. These studentships will boost and cement the flagship existing cross-disciplinary research networks that exist in Scotland for these two conditions and, ultimately, make a difference to patients’ lives.
What does the studentship include?
Studentships are for three years and include a standard non-clinical stipend*, UK/EU fees* and an allowance for consumables and travel. The cohort of SPRINT students will also be offered opportunities to attend clinics and meet patients, undertake ‘taster’ placements in a different field, and participate in public engagement and researcher networking events.
Although the programme is administered from Edinburgh, students will be registered for a PhD at the University corresponding to their primary project supervisor.
*Clinical and/or non-UK/EU applicants are eligible to apply. However, because any shortfall in stipend or fees must be met by the supervisory team, written agreement from the supervisor must accompany the application.
How to apply
Our call for applications for 2018 entry is now open. Once you have fully completed the application form please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact your referees and arrange for them to send your references directly to the 'sprint-phd' email address with your full name in the subject line. The deadline for receipt of applications is Friday 08 December 2017. If you have an enquiry about the programme please email email@example.com
2018 Entry Projects Available
- Ubiquitination, vascular endothelial growth factor and aberrant angiogenesis in Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Professor Simon Parson, Aberdeen
- “Stamping out the gene”? Family and identity, choice and care, in inherited Motor Neurone Disease, Professor Louise Locock, Aberdeen
- Understanding how people with multiple sclerosis (MS) deal with day-to-day fluctuations in fatigue: are some ways of thinking and behaving more adaptive? Dr Daniel Powell, Aberdeen
- Mapping neuroimaging phenotypes in Motor Neuron Disease, Professor Alison Murray, Aberdeen
- Retinoic acid receptors as new targets for neuromuscular disease, Professor Peter McCaffery, Aberdeen
- Evaluating the use of cannabinoids in the treatment of Multiple Sclerosis Dr Jenni Harvey, Dundee
- Targeting misfolded protein degradation in Motor Neurone Disease through Affinity-directed PROtein Missile (AdPROM) system Dr Gopal P Sapkota, Dundee
- Single-molecule detection of the cytotoxic species in MND Dr Mathew Horrocks, Edinburgh
- Using CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to protect motor neurons Professor Cathy Abbott, Edinburgh
- Imaging myelination/remyelination processes with Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and a selective sphingosine-1-phosphate-5 (S1P5) radiotracer Dr Adriana Tavares, Edinburgh
- Computer modelling of the retinal vasculature for biomarker discovery in MS Dr Tom MacGillivray, Edinburgh
- Clinical outcome measures to investigate the decline of physical function, fatigue and performance fatigability of people with early progressive MS Dr Don Mahad, Edinburgh
- Immune mechanisms of endogenous motor neuron replacement for MND Professor Catherina Becker, Edinburgh
- The role of heparin mimetics in promoting myelination Professor Sue Barnett, Glasgow
- Modelling length dependent axonal degeneration in vitro Dr Mathis Riehle, Glasgow
- Characterisation of ALS-linked UBQLN2 mutations in iPSC derived motor neurons Dr Thimo Kurz, Glasgow
- Development of imaging assays to explore links between glial cell function and disease progression in a Drosophila model of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Dr Stefan Pulver, St Andrews
- Studying synaptic dysfunction in Motor Neuron Disease (MND/ALS) using rodent and human iPSC-based models Dr Gareth Miles, St Andrews
- What are the consequences of reducing the hypermetabolic rate in ALS? Dr Gayle Doherty, St Andrews
- Linking SMA and ALS through post-translational modifications of cellular proteins Dr Judith Sleeman, St Andrews
2017 Entry Studentships awarded
The following students joined the SPRINT-MND/MS programme in September 2017:
Colin Crawford is working on the project Virally-induced perturbation of the oligodendroglial-axonal unit as an approach to understand the pathogenesis of axonal injury in MND and MS with Dr Julia Edgar and Prof Mike Ferguson at the University of Glasgow
Gabrielle King is working on the project How do science and society shape each other? An analysis of the choreography and consequences of engagements between research and advocacy in the case of MND with Dr Martyn Pickersgill, Prof Cathy Abbott & Prof Sarah Cunningham-Burley at the University of Edinburgh