MRC PhD Studentships for African or UK Students at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 2018

MRC PhD Studentships for African or UK Students at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 2018

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Applications are invited from suitably qualified applicants for MRC PhD Studentships for African or UK Students at London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) 2018… Interested applicant(s) ought to follow the details and procedures on this page to secure this opportunity.

MRC PhD Studentships 2018

MRC PhD Studentships 2018

Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRC Unit The ambia at LSHTM) invites application for two PhD studentships from interested persons who are of African or UK citizens and meet the stipulated qualifications.

  • Eligible Countries: African countries or UK
  • Type: PhD
  • To Be Taken At (Country): UK
  • Number of Awards: 2
  • Value of Award: MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM studentships cover fees, maintenance, travel and other expenses.

Duration of Programme: The studentships will start in September 2018 and will be full-time for a maximum time of 4 years, involving collaboration between MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM and a European institution

Award Provider: Medical Research Council Unit The Gambia at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM)

Programme Description

Project 1:

PhD title“Studies to characterise the effects of dose number, age and genetic factors on the immune response to the human papillomavirus vaccine (Gardasil9®)”

Project description

We will be conducting a clinical trial of the 9-valent HPV vaccine (Gardasil9®) which will compare the immune responses to a 1st and subsequent doses of the vaccine in 3 ages groups (4-8 year-olds, 9-14 year olds and 15-26 year-olds).  There is significant global interest in the use of 1 dose HPV vaccine schedules to facilitate vaccine rollout, particularly in low and middle income countries, and a number of clinical trials and other studies are currently investigating one dose regimens.

Within a sub-study of the main trial, we aim to more fully characterise the early immune responses to the vaccine at a cellular level and transcriptional level and to investigate other factors including HLA type which may influence the long terms protection HPV vaccines generate.

Project 2:

PhD title: “Effect of 2g of azithromycin given to women during labour on antibiotic resistance and mechanisms of gram negative bacteria”

Project description

This project is based on a double blind randomized clinical trial, namely PregnAnZI-2, where women during labour take 2 grams of azithromycin or placebo. The primary objective of this trial is to assess the effect of the intervention on neonatal mortality.

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The overall public health impact of the PregnAnZI trial will depend on the balance between the benefits and the risk. The major risk envisaged is the induction and community establishment of resistance to azithromycin and other antibiotics.

The organisms that carry higher rates of antibiotic resistance are gram negative bacteria. Gram negative bacteria are also important causes of neonatal sepsis (causing almost 50% of the cases in West Africa).

Eligibility: 

Project 1 Requirements

  • MSc in biomedical sciences, immunology, infectious diseases or, microbiology with at least 2 years-experience in laboratory research
  • BSc 1st class honours in biomedical sciences, or Infectious Diseases with at least 3 years- experience in supporting laboratory research work
  • Medical degree with at least 3 years in supporting clinical trials or laboratory research

Project 2 Requirements

  • MSc in Biomedical sciences, infectious diseases, microbiology or similar with at least 2 years-experience in laboratory research
  • Medical degree with at least 3 years in supporting clinical trials or laboratory research
  • BSc 1st class honours in biomedical sciences, infectious diseases, microbiology or similar with at least 3 years- experience in supporting laboratory research work

Application Procedure

Application Form – How to Apply: 

Candidates are required to submit completed application forms with supporting documents by email to training@mrc.gmApplication guidance notes should be read. Only short listed candidates will be contacted.  Interested candidates are welcome to e-mail the respective lead supervisors for further details or to discuss their eligibility.

Application Deadline

Application Deadline: 13th August 2018 at 16:00

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