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Funded PhD position: Producing a mobility outcome measure for use in clinical trials for eye disease. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

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  • Funded PhD position: Producing a mobility outcome measure for use in clinical trials for eye disease. Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, UK

    About the Project
    When testing new treatments in clinical trials, using the right outcome measures can be critical in the success or failure of the trial. This is ever more important with the development of new treatments for inherited eye diseases. This project will focus on designing a new mobility outcome measure for use in future clinical trials, particularly in inherited retinal diseases.

    Mobility is an essential daily living skill yet there is no adequate way of measuring it. This project will try to understand what a previously published orientation and mobility course designed for use in Lebers Congenital Amaurosis gene therapy trials is measuring and how we can improve on this design in order to make it easier to implement worldwide. This is vital as so many genetic eye diseases that were previously untreatable, are now entering human trials.

    This project will lead to novel research findings, opportunities to attend and present at conferences and to publish world leading papers. There may also be the opportunity to experience another research centre overseas during the PhD period.

    About the supervisors
    Dr Matthew Timmis is an Associate Professor in Sport & Exercise Science. He is a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist and Chartered Scientist. He has expertise in studying mobility following visual impairment.
    Dr Jasleen Jolly is an Associate Professor in Vision and Eye Research with extensive experience of multidisciplinary research in inherited retinal degenerations. She worked in the gene therapy trials in the University of Oxford for many years assessing patients and optimising outcome measures.
    Dr Keziah Latham is an Associate Professor and Director of the Vision and Hearing Sciences Research Group. Keziah is a practising optometrist specialising in visual assessment of people with impaired vision. She runs the Low Vision Clinic in our University Eye Clinic.

    This project will combine multiple disciplines and is ideally suited to someone from a vision background such as optometry, ophthalmology, orthoptics, psychology, vision rehabilitation or similar. It may also suit someone with an interest in human movement / gait analysis. For more information please get in touch with Dr Jasleen Jolly ( or Dr Matthew Timmis (

    Candidate requirements
    Applicants should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum upper second-class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline. A Masters’ degree in a relevant subject is desirable.
    Applicants must be prepared to study on a full-time basis, attending at our Cambridge campus. The Vice Chancellor’s PhD scholarship awards are open to Home fee status applicants only.
    Application Procedures
    Applications for a Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship are made through the application portal on our website: CAM02D&code2=0009

    We will review all applications after the submission deadline of 6th June. We will contact shortlisted applicants in the week commencing 20th June. Interviews will be held between 27th June - 8th July.

    For general enquiries, please contact