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Treating the heart through the head

PGR-P-439

Key facts

Type of research degree
PhD
Application deadline
Ongoing deadline
Project start date
Tuesday 1 September 2020
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Funding
Non-funded
Source of funding
Other
Supervisors
Professor Jim Deuchars and Dr Susan Deuchars
Schools
School of Biomedical Sciences
Research groups/institutes
Neuroscience
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

For many years our lab has investigated how the nervous system can be involved in controlling the cardiovascular system, including the heart. More recently, we have begun to apply our knowledge to potential treatments of cardiovascular disease in humans. This project will work in this area, investigating how non-invasive neuromodulation techniques can influence the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Methods applied will include transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation, microneurography to measure sympathetic nerve activity and heart rate variability analysis.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Full description</h2>

<p>For many years our lab has investigated how the nervous system can be involved in controlling the cardiovascular system, including the heart. More recently, we have begun &nbsp;to apply our knowledge to potential treatments of cardiovascular disease in humans. This project will work in this area, investigating how non-invasive neuromodulation techniques can influence the cardiovascular system in health and disease. Methods applied will include transcutaneous vagal nerve stimulation, microneurography to measure sympathetic nerve activity and heart rate variability analysis.</p> <p>Examples of this work can be found in a recent open access publication:</p> <p><a href="https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/31358702">https://europepmc.org/abstract/med/31358702</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.leeds.ac.uk/rsa/prospective_students/apply/I_want_to_apply.html">University&#39;s website</a>. Please state clearly in the research information section&nbsp;that the research degree you wish to be considered for is &ldquo;Treating the heart through the head&rdquo; as well as&nbsp;<a href="https://biologicalsciences.leeds.ac.uk/school-biomedical-sciences/staff/55/professor-jim-deuchars">Prof. Jim Deuchars</a> as your proposed supervisor.</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p><em>We welcome applications from all suitably-qualified candidates, but UK black and minority ethnic (BME) researchers are currently under-represented in our Postgraduate Research community, and we would therefore particularly encourage applications from UK BME candidates. All scholarships will be awarded on the basis of merit.</em></p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid. Some schools and faculties have a higher requirement.

<h2 class="heading">Funding on offer</h2>

<p>This project&nbsp;is suitable for applicants already&nbsp;funded.</p>

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact the Graduate School Office<br /> e: <a href="mailto:fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk">fbsgrad@leeds.ac.uk</a>&nbsp;t: +44 (0)113 343 8186</p> <p>Or contact the supervisor for direct discussion:</p> <p><a href="mailto:J.Deuchars@leeds.ac.uk">J.Deuchars@leeds.ac.uk</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>


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