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PhD Manchester, UK - Tendon properties in Diabetes

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  • PhD Manchester, UK - Tendon properties in Diabetes

    PhD Project summary
    Diabetic foot deformities are a major factor contributing to the development of diabetic foot ulcers, but the reasons for these deformities remain unknown. This project will test the hypothesis that altered mechanical properties of tendons in the foot are a major contributing factor in the development of diabetic foot deformities.

    Project aims and objectives
    The overall aim of this PhD project will be to elucidate the role of altered mechanical and material properties of tendons in the foot for their role in causing diabetic foot deformities.

    The work for the PhD will use human tissue by working closely with surgeons and other clinical collaborators. A major part of the PhD will involve biomechanical testing of tendons in mechanical test rigs in collaboration with engineers. Some dissection work will also likely be required as part of the PhD.

    Specific requirements of the project
    Candidates should have a good honours degree in biomechanics, physiology, medical engineering, bioengineering, healthcare sciences or another related area. It would also be an advantage for candidates to hold a postgraduate qualification in a relevant area, although this is not essential.

    This project will involve working with human tissue and it is therefore essential that the candidate is fully aware of this essential requirement and has no objections to working effectively with human tissue for any reason.

    For further details and to apply, please visit:

    Informal enquiries can be made to Prof. Neil Reeves -