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07-29-2009, 08:53 PM
PhD Research Studentship
School of Health and Social Care, Glasgow Caledonian University, Scotland

Applications are invited for a PhD research Studentship within the School of Health and Social Care. The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provide payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of 13,900 [please note that students from outside the EU are required to pay the difference between International and EU fees, currently this would amount to 6,100 per annum]. The successful candidate is expected to undertake up to 6 hours of academic support activity per week.

Project Title: Unravelling the biomechanics of knee osteoarthritis: the role of muscle co-contractions

Knee osteoarthritis (OA) is increasingly seen as a disorder in which biomechanical adaptations play a central role in both onset and progression of pathology and severity of clinical symptoms. Increased co-contractions of the leg musculature are believed to be a key biomechanical feature in OA, although empirical evidence is not yet available. Interestingly, co-contractions have been labelled as both beneficial (co-contractions provide adequate active compensation for loss of passive stability due to joint laxity) and detrimental (co-contractions lead to increased intra-articular pressure and thus to increased rate of progression of OA) to patient outcome in OA. This project aims to provide empirical evidence for the role of muscle co-contractions in knee OA, by testing a priori hypotheses derived from existing biomechanical models of OA.

The student will join an expanding team of researchers working in the area of foot and ankle research in the rheumatic diseases.


Applicants should normally hold an MSc, or have a good first degree, in a health profession or health related subject. This project will involve contact with patients within the NHS, and the applicant should have a high level of written and spoken English (IELTS 7.0), and will be required to undergo enhanced disclosure.

How to apply:

An application form can be downloaded from the following web page

Please return the completed application form, stating the title of the studentship, curriculum vitae, copies of academic qualifications, references and any other required documentation to Ms Diane Dickie, The Graduate Centre, Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow, G4 0BA

Tel: +44(0) 141 331 8096; E: D.Dickie@gcal.ac.uk

The closing date for the applications is Friday 21st August 2009; short-listed candidates will be contacted to attend for interview in mid August 2009 with a commencement date of September/October 2009 desirable.

For further information and informal general enquiries about this PhD studentship, please contact: Jim Woodburn, 0141 331 8483, jim.woodburn@gcal.ac.uk

Jim Woodburn | Professor of Rehabilitation | School of Health & Social Care and HealthQWest | Glasgow Caledonian University | Cowcaddens Road | Glasgow G4 0BA | Scotland UK
Tel: +44 (0) 141 331 8483 | Email: jim.woodburn@gcal.ac.uk | Website: www.healthqwest.org

Glasgow Caledonian University is a registered Scottish charity, number SC021474

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