Applications for the September 2019 intake are now closed.
Application for 2020 intake will open Autumn 2019.
Inflammation is a complex protective response that serves to eliminate the cause of cell injury or infection, as well as removing any necrotic cells and tissues, and initiating the process of repair. The acute inflammatory response involves the migration of leukocytes into the injured tissue along with elevation of a variety of chemokines, cytokines and related mediators, which together are essential for the resolution of infection and damage. However inappropriate inflammation can lead to a variety of inflammatory diseases which range from acute sepsis to chronic inflammatory disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and atherosclerosis. A detailed understanding of how to trigger, control, and limit inflammatory responses would open the door to unprecedented medical advances, both in harnessing the host immune system in eradicating infection and in reducing the substantial burden of acute and chronic inflammatory diseases.
Students will gain a broad range of training in outstanding basic science in world-class facilities in the Mechanisms of Inflammatory Disease programme, endorsed and funded by The Wellcome Trust.
- An MRes programme in the first year will train and enhance laboratory skills and scientific understanding including rotations in an overseas laboratory (Calgary, Marseilles or Melbourne)
- Students will select their PhD project/supervisors at the end of Year 1 drawing on their research placement experiences and submitted projects. All projects will be overseen by a supervisory team which will include their supervisors and a minimum of two other researchers with relevant experience.
- A unique feature of the program is that, following thesis submission, all students will be able to apply for an additional 9 months of funding to complete outstanding publications and/or apply for independent postdoctoral fellowships.
The programme is relevant to students with a good degree (equivalent to first / high 2:1; or distinction in masters programmes) from within the UK / EU with an interest in inflammation-based research including protein structure, signal transduction, cell signalling, mathematical modelling, bio-engineering, cell biology, organ pathology (e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory, ocular etc), infection, animal models and clinical studies. It is suitable for students at the interface of the biological and physical scientists with an interest areas such as mathematical modelling and advanced imaging.
Please note that applicants are not expected to make contact with specific academic supervisors on the programme prior to application.
For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Graham Wallace: G.R.Wallace@bham.ac.uk