Summary
This is a fantastic opportunity for a 3.5 year funded PhD at the Translational and Clinical Research Institute, Newcastle University in the context of the Medical Research Council (MRC) Discovery Medicine North Doctoral Training Partnership (DiMeN DTP).

This project will be the first to use wearable technology (WT) to objectively and continuously quantify activity, mobility and sleep patterns in people with Parkinson’s disease with delirium over prolonged periods.

The successful applicant will be enrolled onto a PhD fully funded by the MRC, which includes a stipend, tuition fees, research support training, support grants and travel allowance.

The PhD student will collect and analyse wearable sensor data collected in hospital and in the home to compare their activity levels in the two environments. Data will be recorded continuously with an accelerometry-based WT. This will enable the student to segment and extract activity-based data to provide multivariate profiles of delirium in Parkinson’s. Novel metrics will also be developed using night-time WT data. The metrics developed will aid the accurate and timely diagnosis of delirium and delirium subtypes in Parkinson’s disease, allowing for stratification of patients in future clinical trials to prevent or manage delirium.

Information, eligibility criteria and requirements:
Utilising the combined expertise of five world-leading institutions, the Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) partnership will train the next generation of researchers to tackle the major health problems facing the population. Our Research The DiMeN DTP is united by the research vision of ‘Discovery Medicine across the Lifecourse’, linking internationally recognised centres of research excellence to provide superb doctoral training opportunities.



How to apply:
Please apply via this link: https://www.findaphd.com/search/Proj...px?PJID=114917

Contact:
Please contact Dr Rachael Lawson (email: rachael.lawson@ncl.ac.uk) for more information.

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Dr Rachael A Lawson
Janet Owens Parkinson’s UK Senior Research Fellow
Clinical Ageing Research Unit
Translational and Clinical Research Institute
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5PL, UK
Website: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/bam/

Dr Silvia Del Din
Research Associate
Translational and Clinical Research Institute
Clinical Ageing Research Unit
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE4 5PL, UK
Website: http://research.ncl.ac.uk/bam/