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Researchers in the Academy of Primary Care

PhD scholarships

Current funded opportunities

Unravelling adaptive immune cell regulation by Staphylococcus aureus (SA) in chronic wounds

Staphylococcus aureus (SA) is an opportunistic pathogen that colonises the skin, throat and nose of generally healthy individuals. However, when SA breaches the body natural barriers, it can spread and cause severe infections, including the potentially lethal sepsis (30-50% lethality). Given that the skin is a major body barrier, cutaneous wounds are a main route of entry for many pathogens, including SA, especially if healing is delayed long-term.

This cutting-edge PhD project, funded by the British Skin Foundation will dissect the immunopathology driven by SA in patients with wounds that do not heal, particularly diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) patients. You will study immune cells in chronic wounds from patients, while assessing the presence of SA using microbiological techniques. Using 3D-skin culture models derived from DFU patients, you will evaluate the effects of staphylococcal product re-exposure and test if immunomodulatory drugs that interfere with SA pathology promote healing.

You will join Dr Stefano Caserta’s Immunology Lab, in the Hull York Medical School (HYMS) Biomedical Institute for Multimorbidity (BIM), collaborating with researchers and clinicians across the University of Hull (UoH) and Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Closing Date: 15 February 2024

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Developing and testing a psychosocial intervention to promote spousal communication for mutual problem solving among Black men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their partners

Prostate cancer affects 1 in 4 Black men and is now regarded as a couple’s disease because men and their partners experience significant psychological and emotional distress after diagnosis and treatment. This novel PhD will address this gap in the evidence base by developing and testing an intervention to promote open communication for mutual problem-solving among Black men diagnosed with prostate cancer and their partners in the United Kingdom.

Supervised by an experienced supervisory team, the project will involve collaborative working with a patient and public involvement group, NHS Trusts, Black community organisations as well as multidisciplinary teams of researchers at the Hull York Medical School and Institute for Clinical and Applied Health Research, University of Hull.

Closing date: 15 February 2024

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University of Hull research cluster: Wound care: prediction, prevention and profiling

Wound care presents a substantial burden to the NHS, affecting 3.8 million individuals with direct and indirect NHS costs of £8.3 billion annually due to prolonged hospital stays, increased morbidity and mortality, extended recovery periods, and compromised quality of life for affected individuals. The urgency to tackle this problem is further driven by an ageing demographic and the significant rise in the number of people with diabetes and obesity.

This project will be part of a University of Hull PhD cluster to investigate four fundamental aspects of wound care: 1) Harnessing AI for remote diagnosis and sustainable practices; 2) Automated assessment of wound perfusion; 3) Exploring novel SSI prevention interventions; 4) In-depth profiling for precision treatment. Each of these projects will also address multiple Vascular James Lind Alliance priorities.

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Closing date: 15 February 2024

Self-funded projects

If you would like to propose your own research project, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Supervisors will be happy to work with you to devise a project that can encompass your own research interest whilst still supporting the strategic research priorities of their own research group/centre and that of the Medical School.

Prior to submitting an application, please contact a potential supervisor directly to discuss possible supervision of a self-funded project leading to one of our postgraduate research degrees, including MSc by thesis.

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