PhD scholarship: Investigating novel treatment strategies to prevent post-
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Area:Queensland Brain Institute
Salary (FTE):RTP Scholarship NON-BANDED ($28,597.00 - $28,597.00)
Work type:Full Time - Scholarship
Location: St Lucia
UQ ranks in the top 50 as measured by the Performance Ranking of Scientific
Papers for World Universities. The University also ranks 46 in the QS World
University Rankings, 42 in the US News Best Global Universities Rankings, 66
in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 54 in the Academic
Ranking of World Universities.
Centre for Advanced Imaging
The scholarship is based at the Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), a
strategic initiative of The University of Queensland, which is a leading
imaging research facility in Australia, and one of a handful in the world. The
CAI brings together the skills of a critical mass of researchers and state-of-
the-art, world- or Australian-first imaging research instruments including
NMR, EPR, MRI, PET, CT, optical and an on-site cyclotron and radiochemistry
CAI hosts the largest Node of the National Imaging Facility (NIF). CAI
conducts research across the spectrum from development of new imaging
technologies, analysis of molecular structure, synthesis of MRI and PET
biomarkers targeting fundamental biological processes to studies of major
diseases affecting a range of organ systems, through to imaging economically
significant agricultural animals and plant material, minerals and construction
Supervisor – Professor David Reutens
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is a significant health issue and is frequently
complicated by the development of epilepsy. There are currently no clinically
proven preventive or disease modifying therapies for post-traumatic epilepsy
(PTE) and anticonvulsants have consistently failed to prevent
epileptogenesis, the pathological process that leads to the development and
progression of spontaneous recurrent epileptic seizures.
A substantial body of evidence supports a key role for inflammation in
epileptogenesis. It is also well recognised that TBI induces a vigorous
inflammatory response through the release of danger signals, molecules that
help to recruit immune cells to the site of injury and to activate them. This
PhD explores the premise that therapies that block danger signalling may
prevent or ameliorate post-traumatic epilepsy. The project will use a
combination of imaging and inflammatory molecule profiling in a preclinical
model of TBI and PTE to assess a novel monoclonal antibody therapy. The
candidate should be enthusiastic about learning new techniques and be able to
work both independently and in a team environment.
A working knowledge of molecular biology, animal handling and imaging (MRI,
PET) would be of benefit to someone working on this project.
To be eligible to apply, you must also meet the entry requirements for Higher
Degrees by Research at UQ.
This scholarship is open to Australian citizens, permanent residents and
International students who are currently in Australia at the time of
application and commencement.
Applications will be judged on a competitive basis taking into account the
applicant's previous academic record, publication record, honours and awards,
and employment history.
The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field/s of biology,
neuroscience or a science-related discipline and the potential for scholastic
A background or knowledge of molecular biology, MRI and PET imaging and
epilepsy is highly desirable.
The 2021 Research Training Program (RTP) living allowance stipend rate is
AUD$28,597 per annum (indexed annually), which is tax-free for 3.5 years,
with the possibility of 1 extension in line with UQ and RTP Scholarship Policy
For further information, please contact Professor David Reutens at
firstname.lastname@example.org +61 7 3365 4237
How to apply
To apply for admission and scholarship, follow this link. There is no separate
application for scholarship because you will have the opportunity to request
scholarship consideration on the application for admission.
Before submitting an application you should:
check your eligibility
prepare your documentation
contact Professor David Reutens (email@example.com) to discuss your
suitability for this scholarship
When you apply, please ensure that under the scholarships and collaborative
study section you:
Select ‘My higher degree is not collaborative'
Select 'I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship'.
Select ‘Other', then ‘Research Project Scholarship' and type in ‘EPILEPSY-REUTENS' in the 'Name of scholarship' field.
See an example of what you have to do
Learn more about applying for a higher degree by research at UQ
Advertised: 28 Jul 2021
Applications close: 30 Aug 2021 (11:00 PM) E. Australia Standard Time