PhD in Vision Sciences: Investigation of pain and discomfort associated with anti-VEGF injections
|Application deadline||10 November 2017|
|Start date||3 January 2018|
|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.
|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|
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.
Consideration is automatic on applying for a Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences with a start date of 3 January 2018.
- Visit the Doctor of Philosophy in Optometry and Vision Sciences course page.
- Set the qualification to 'Doctor of Philosophy'.
- Set the mode of study to 'Full-time'.
- Set the start date to '3 January 2018'.
- Click 'apply' to enter our online application system.
- 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.