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04-26-2010, 12:39 AM
Applications are invited for a PhD research Studentship within the School of Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. The studentship is for a period of three years, subject to satisfactory progress and provides 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].

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. 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. This project can be regarded as a Phase I study within the MRC framework for developing complex interventions.

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.

The successful applicant will join the Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation Research Group at Glasgow Caledonian University, which has an established track record in biomechanical research in rheumatic diseases. The studentship will be supervised by Prof. Martijn Steultjens and Prof. Jim Woodburn. A commencement date of September 2010 is desirable. For further information, general enquiries about this PhD studentship, and how to apply, please contact: Martijn Steultjens, +44 141 331 8779, martijn.steultjens@gcu.ac.uk

Martijn Steultjens | Professor of Musculoskeletal Health | Room A328 | School of Health |
Glasgow Caledonian University | Cowcaddens Road G4 0BA Glasgow UK

e-mail martijn.steultjens@gcu.ac.uk | tel. +44 141 331 8779

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