PhD in Visual Neuroscience: Mapping residual visual function in hemianopia
|Application deadline||28 February 2017|
|Start date||1 October 2017|
|Level of study||Postgraduate research|
|Award type||PhD studentship|
|Number of studentships||1|
Loss of half of the visual field (hemianopia) is a common finding following stroke or brain injury affecting the primary visual cortex. Despite being apparently ‘blind’ in this hemifield, some patients apparently retain some vision close to fixation in the blind field, this is known as 'macular sparing'.
This PhD will investigate:
- the cause of macular sparing using novel psychophysical techniques and structural/functional brain imaging
- investigate the optimal stimuli for mapping residual visual function.
We are looking for an enthusiastic and talented PhD student to investigate residual vision in hemianopia. The experimental work will use novel psychophysical techniques and neuroimaging in a clinical population.
Prof Simon K Rushton
Senior Lecturer, Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research
This project is also supervised by Dr Phil Clatworthy (University of Bristol).
|Tuition fee support||Full UK/EU tuition fees|
|Maintenance stipend||Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum|
|Residency||Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions|
Prior experience with programming in MATLAB is highly desirable. Prior experience with fMRI is also desirable, but not essential. An enthusiasm for a creative approach to data analysis is essential.
Please note that if you are not considered suitable for this particular research project, you may be considered for other projects under the School of Psychology OPEN funding competition.
Consideration is automatic on applying for the Doctor of Philosophy in Vision Sciences with a start date of October 2017.
Please email a CV (including the names and contact details of two referees) and covering letter outlining your interest in the project separately to Dr Matt Dunn, stating the title of the PhD studentship for which you are applying.
We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.