PhD in Visual Neuroscience: Mapping residual visual function in hemianopia

This funding opportunity has expired.

Key facts

Application deadline 28 February 2017
Start date 1 October 2017
Duration 3 years
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.

Supervisors

This project is also supervised by Dr Phil Clatworthy (University of Bristol).

Contact

 Matthew Dunn

Dr Matt J Dunn

Lecturer

Email:
dunnmj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 70576
Professor Simon K Rushton

Professor Simon K Rushton

Email:
rushtonsk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0086

Funding details

Tuition fee support Full UK/EU tuition fees
Maintenance stipend Doctoral stipend matching UK Research Council National Minimum

Eligibility criteria

Residency Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions
Academic criteria

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.

Contact

 Matthew Dunn

Dr Matt J Dunn

Lecturer

Email:
dunnmj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 70576
Professor Simon K Rushton

Professor Simon K Rushton

Email:
rushtonsk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0086

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.

Contact

 Matthew Dunn

Dr Matt J Dunn

Lecturer

Email:
dunnmj1@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 208 70576
Professor Simon K Rushton

Professor Simon K Rushton

Email:
rushtonsk@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 0086
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