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PhD Studentship – Glasgow Caledonian University

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  • PhD Studentship – Glasgow Caledonian University

    Applications are invited for a PhD research studentship within the School of Health and Lidfe Sciences 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 £13,600 [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: Biomechanical and activity based risk factors for foot ulceration people with diabetes: a prospective cohort study

    Diabetes related foot ulceration is a highly prevalent and debilitating condition, which has a negative impact on the quality of life for those afflicted and can be a pre-cursor to lower limb amputation and mortality. The aetiology of diabetic foot ulceration is highly complex and to date is still poorly understood. It is often the result of a combination of intrinsic factors, such as peripheral neuropathy, foot deformity, changes to the plantar foot soft tissues and vascularity with extrinsic mechanical factors, such as high plantar pressures. Through a rigorous prospective cohort study design, this project aims to elucidate the link between biomechanical and activity based risk factors for ulcer development.

    This PhD studentship proposal represents a joint submission between two established research groups (Musculoskeletal and Neurological Rehabilitation / Active Living) at Glasgow Caledonian University. It will draw on internationally recognised expertise in advanced biomechanical analysis of foot function, ultrasound imaging and free-living quantitative activity monitoring.

    This PhD studentship will link closely with the EC-funded D-FOOTPRINT project and will provide the opportunity to work with a wide collaborating group of international leading advisors. As the research crosses many professional boundaries, full training and support will be provided.

    This studentship would be of relevance to graduates in the following areas: Engineering, Movement sciences, Allied Health Professionals

    Details of how to apply for this studentship are available at

    To register your interest in this position or for informal queries prior to making an application please contact Dr Debbie Turner ( or Dr Scott Telfer (