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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

Informal enquiries should be addressed to sprint-phd@ed.ac.uk.  The call for 2017 programme entry is now closed. The call for 2018 programme entry will open in late 2017.

Studentships awarded

Congratulations to the following students, who have been accepted on the SPRINT-MND/MS programme, they will start in September 2017:

Colin Crawford will work 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 Dr Mike Ferguson at the University of Glasgow

Gabrielle King will work 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

Veronica Pravata will work on the project Targeting O-GlcNAcylation in motor neurone disease with Prof Daan van Aalten, Prof Peter Brophy at the University of Dundee

Elizabeth York will work on the project Magnetisation transfer imaging biomarkers of demyelination and remyelination in MS with Prof Adam Waldman and Dr Peter Connick at the University of Edinburgh