Global health focus for new PhDs

Edinburgh has been awarded funding by the Wellcome Trust for three new PhD programmes that address global health challenges.

The prestigious courses will provide students with cutting-edge training in the fields of infectious disease, translational neuroscience and tissue repair.

The 4-year programmes will begin in September 2016. The closing date for applications will be in December 2015.

Hosts, Pathogens and Global Health

Students on the infectious disease PhD will develop an understanding of how infectious agents spread, cause disease, interact with the immune and other body systems and evolve to overcome therapeutic interventions.

The course will be led by Professors Judi Allen and Keith Matthews from the University’s Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution.

Translational Neuroscience

The translational neuroscience programme draws on unique Edinburgh research strengths in diseases across the life-course to fill a gap in global expertise by training non-clinical students to advance knowledge, expertise and skills in clinical translation.

It will be led by the Director of Edinburgh Neuroscience, Professor Charles ffrench-Constant.

Tissue Repair

The tissue repair course will train the next generation of scientists in the biology of regeneration, inflammation and fibrosis to develop future tissue repair treatments.

It will be led by Professor Stuart Forbes, of the University’s MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and Professor Catherina Becker, of the Centre for Neuroregeneration.