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Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD

Combining the vocational training of a medical degree with the research expertise of a PhD.

 

The Kennedy Trust IMPACT Inflammation MB-PhD is a funded three-year programme aimed at MBChB students who wish to intercalate to train as clinician scientists.

This training route will see you work towards both your MBChB and PhD awards over the course of the programme, combining your medical training with research training in the area of inflammation sciences.

Each year, we aim to recruit the best candidates who are seeking to drive new innovations in clinical care and research. Our first cohort of students will begin their studies in September 2021.

 

Information evening

Training the Next Generation of International Clinician Scientists

Tuesday 16 March 2021
18:00-19:30

 

Programme

You will benefit from a bespoke training and mentorship programme alongside your research project.

As a postgraduate researcher in the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, you will also have access to the Doctoral Academy Training programme to develop your transferable skills.

Structure

Year 1

  • Programme induction
  • Upskilling in inflammation course
  • Computational biology course
  • Project specific training/development

Year 2

  • Training activities to support career development
  • Mentorship programme

Year 3

  • Training activities to support career development
  • Mentorship programme
  • Preparation for thesis submission/viva
  • Support for returning to the MBChB core programme
Researcher recording results on a clipboard.
 

Projects

The list of projects available for the September 2021 intake is below.

You can also access a summary of each project and the supervisory team through this booklet (PDF). Supervisors are also preparing short videos to outline their projects, which will be made available here shortly.

We will hold an online event to outline the programme and enable you to ask questions and meet some of the supervisors. You must also contact potential supervisors directly to discuss their project and research.

Available projects

  • The impact of psychological factors on outcomes in psoriatic arthritis (watch video)
  • Identification of novel biomarker profiles to define subgroups of Systemic Autoimmune Rheumatic Diseases 
  • Investigating how early rheumatoid arthritis signatures associate with treatment response and clinical trajectories (watch video)
  • Identifying biomarkers of myositis treatment response using UK-wide longitudinal data to personalise patient management (watch video)
  • Discovery and clinical translation of small molecule biomarkers of inflammation in asthma
  • The circadian mechanism in chronic inflammatory disease: From arthritis to asthma (watch video)
  • Data-science approaches to better understand multimorbidity and treatment outcomes in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (watch video)
  • Using cellular and zebrafish disease modelling to study the relationship between inflammasomes and cholesterol metabolism in haemorrhagic stroke (watch video)
  • Using genetics to predict disease outcomes, severity and treatment response in childhood inflammatory arthritis (watch video)
  • The impact of the lipidome on drug response in psoriatic arthritis (watch video)
  • Functional dissection of disease associated genetic loci in rheumatoid arthritis (watch video)
  • Characterisation of longitudinal peripheral immune cellular changes in post-stroke dementia (watch video)
  • The moderating effect of socioeconomic factors on the association between alcohol consumption, long-term inflammation and risk of rheumatoid arthritis (watch video)
  • Immunology of treatment response in autoimmune diseases (rheumatoid arthritis) (watch video)
  • Using functional genomics and genetic engineering (CRISPR) techniques to investigate the JAKi pathway in Psoriasis (watch video)

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Studentships

Successful applicants will receive a PhD studentship for the three-year duration of the programme.

These studentships include:

  • full funding for PhD tuition fees (up to the UK rate)
  • lab costs/running expenses
  • a stipend of £19,000 per annum for living costs.

International (including EU) candidates should contact us at admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk to discuss a fee scholarship that is available to the highest-performing international applicant.

Researcher adjusting a microscope.
 

Eligibility criteria

Priority will be given to MBChB students at The University of Manchester and BSc (Hons) Medicine students at the University of St Andrews, although applications from eligible students from other medical schools may be considered.

University of Manchester MBChB students must be either:

  • currently studying in Year 3; or
  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (Hons) degree classification of an Upper Second or above in a relevant subject; or
  • intercalating after either Year 2 or Year 3 of the MBChB.

University of St Andrews BSc (Hons) Medicine students must be:

  • on the Manchester course pathway;
  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (Hons) degree classification of an Upper Second or above in a relevant subject; or
  • currently studying in Year 3 of the St Andrews course; and
  • predicted to obtain a BSc degree classification of an Upper Second from the University of St Andrews

Students from other recognised medical schools must be: 

  • currently studying in Year 2 and already holding a BSc (Hons) degree classification of an Upper Second or above in a relevant subject; or
  • currently studying in Year 3 of a recognised Medical degree course; and
  • predicted to obtain a BSc degree classification of an Upper Second from a recognised university.
 

Making an application

Each year, we will support four MBChB undergraduate students onto the three-year programme, with the approval of your intercalation team.

We are looking for candidates who are seeking to drive new innovations in clinical care and research.

If you wish to be considered for a studentship and meet our eligibility criteria, you must complete a single online application.

Full details on eligibility and residence criteria are available on the How to apply page.

Please follow our instructions on how to apply.

Key dates

  • Application deadline for University of Manchester and St Andrews students: Friday 23 April 2021
  • Application deadline for students from other recognised medical schools: Thursday 27 May 2021
  • Start date: 1 October 2021 (the Welcome and Induction programme runs from 20 to 30 September 2021)

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Students holding test tubes.
 

Contact us

Please get in touch if you have any questions about this programme.

Queries regarding the application process and funding can be sent to the Doctoral Academy Admissions Office:

Email: admissions.doctoralacademy@manchester.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5608

Queries regarding the programme can be sent to the Programme Directors:

Anne Barton
Email: anne.barton@manchester.ac.uk

John Grainger
Email: john.grainger-2@manchester.ac.uk

Douglas Corfield (MBChB queries)
Email: doug.corfield@manchester.ac.uk

University of Manchester intercalation queries should be sent to:

Sue Astley
Email: sue.astley@manchester.ac.uk

Ben Morris
Email: ben.morris@manchester.ac.uk

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