Rapid assessment of neuroplasticity in brain injury (Grey_U17SF)

University of East Anglia
June 02 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

People with acquired brain injury (ABI; e.g. stroke, traumatic brain injury) usually live with long-term functional impairment. There is a need to employ translational neuroscience and transformative rehabilitation studies to better develop assessment and rehabilitation techniques. The objective of this 3-year PhD research project is to advance our knowledge of neuroplasticity associated with ABI. We have recently developed methods to rapidly assess neuroplasticity (van de Ruit et al., 2015; Mathias et al, 2014). The object of the project is to evaluate and further develop these techniques for suitability of use in the clinical environment. Ultimately these measures will be used to identify clinically relevant measures that will enable rapid decisions about whether or not any specific intervention is likely to drive movement recovery.

The supervisory team are members of the Acquired Brain Injury Rehabilitation Alliance (ABIRA): a multi-disciplinary, international research group with expertise in neurophysiology; physiotherapy; movement science; medical statistics; health economics; and early phase evaluation of complex interventions. The immediate environment includes a state-of-the-art neuroscience and movement analysis laboratory and industrial collaborations for development of neuroscience-based rehabilitation technology. The research training environment is therefore optimised to enhance employability post-PhD.

This project will be tailored to the student's background. There are opportunities for students with clinical, physiological, and engineering backgrounds. You will be embedded within a strong research team with a focus on neurorehabilitation. Precise protocols for the PhD research project will be developed in collaboration with the supervisors.

Candidates should have a Masters degree in a relevant research area. Students without a Master's degree may be considered for enrolment in our MSc by Research programme.

To find out more about undertaking a PhD in the School of Health Sciences at UEA, visit https://www.uea.ac.uk/medicine-health-sciences/graduate-school . Please contact Dr Michael J Grey directly to discuss this project (m.grey@uea.ac.uk)

Funding notes

This PhD project is offered on a self-funding basis. It is open to applicants with funding or those applying to funding sources. Details of tuition fees can be found at http://www.uea.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/research-degrees/fees-and-funding.

A bench fee may also payable on top of the tuition fee to cover specialist equipment or laboratory costs required for the research. The amount charged annually will vary considerably depending on the nature of the project and applicants should contact the primary supervisor for further information about the fee associated with the project.


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