We are recruiting a PhD student!
We are currently looking for a PhD student (start date 1/10/2020) to work on the following fully-funded (for 3 years) PhD studentship with Dr. Stephanie Rossit, Prof. Michael Hornberger at UEA and Prof. Robert D. McIntosh (University of Edinburgh):
Investigating parietal lobe function in cardiovascular disease and vascular dementia
Summary: Dementia is one of the greatest medical threats facing our ageing population. Major risk factors for cognitive impairment relate to the vascular system such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and lack of physical exercise. In fact, evidence is accumulating to suggest cardiovascular risk factors in midlife predict the onset of dementia. Vascular Dementia (VaD) is regarded as the second most prevalent cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, although its incidence may be greatly underestimated. The parietal lobe is one of the first regions to exhibit neurodegeneration in VaD and there is extensive evidence that parietal lobe is critically involved in visuomotor, attention and spatial navigation functions. Testing parietal lobe function may therefore aid early diagnosis of VaD. The aim of this PhD project is to investigate if attention and visuomotor function are sensitive measures of cardiovascular risk and VaD. The project will involve longitudinal studies using state-of-the-art motion-tracking and brain imaging methods as well as testing of our newly developed portable tablet-based tasks. It is hoped that this project will contribute to the identification of early biomarkers for VaD which would allow earlier treatment delivery in people at risk.
The full ad for the above fully funded PhD Studentship can be found here: https://www.uea.ac.uk/psychology/research-degrees
If you are interested please get in touch.
Want to get research experience? Want to do an MSc.?
If you would like to join our lab please get in touch.
There are special funding opportunities for undergraduate students that we can apply for.
Every year, MSc. and PhD. studentships are advertised at UEA so get in touch if you would like more information. Other funding opportunities can also be discussed.
It would help if you send me a 2-page CV as well as a short description (max = 200 words) of why you are interested in doing research in our lab.