PhD in Vision Sciences: Investigation of pain and discomfort associated with anti-VEGF injections

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Key facts

Application deadline 10 November 2017
Start date 3 January 2018
Duration 3 years
Level of study Postgraduate research
Award type PhD studentship
Number of studentships 1

Injection of anti-VEGF drugs for the treatment of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is today one of the most common medical interventions in secondary eye care, with repeated injections often required indefinitely.

Whilst treatment is widely considered successful in preventing vision loss, many patients report experiencing pain during or following an injection. This study will investigate the nature, associations and causes of this pain, and the role this plays in progression to disability.

The student will undertake a mixed methods investigation of pain associated with individual injections. Methods will include pain questionnaires, focus groups and structured interviews combined with anterior eye optical coherence tomography (OCT) and electrodermal activity (EDA) providing objective outcome measures.

You will be expected to analyse and interpret data, and write up findings for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals. You will also be expected to represent the research group, Schools, and University, and present findings at national and international research conferences.

The project will involve collaboration with clinicians at the University Hospital of Wales.

Supervisors

Contact

Ashley Wood

Dr Ashley Wood

Lecturer

Email:
wooda2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75063

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

Applicants with backgrounds in Health Psychology, Psychology, Healthcare, Vision Science, Optometry or related backgrounds are desirable. Your bachelor’s degree must be a 2:1 or above. A master’s degree is required for non-optometrist applicants.

Contact

Ashley Wood

Dr Ashley Wood

Lecturer

Email:
wooda2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75063

Consideration is automatic on applying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences with a start date of 3 January 2018.

To apply:

  1. Visit the Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences course page.
  2. Set the qualification to 'Doctor of Philosophy'.
  3. Set the mode of study to 'Full-time'.
  4. Set the start date to '3 January 2018'.
  5. Click 'apply' to enter our online application system.
  6. When asked for the project details, enter the title of this project ‘Investigation of pain and discomfort associated with anti-VEGF injections.'

You will also be required to provide a CV and the names and contact details of two referees. Please could all applicants also provide a covering letter outlining your interest in the project.

If you have any questions please contact Dr Ashley Wood.

We reserve the right to close applications early should sufficient applications be received.

Contact

Ashley Wood

Dr Ashley Wood

Lecturer

Email:
wooda2@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 29208 75063
Find out more about Postgraduate study at Cardiff at our Open Day on 21 November 2018.

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