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Wellcome Trust 4-Year PhD Programme in Metabolic and Cardiovascular Disease


Applications have now closed for entry in Oct 2014

Additional studentships will be available to start in October 2015. Please call back in October-November for details of how to apply


Why this programme, and why in Cambridge?


The rapid worldwide increase in the prevalence of obesity and diabetes will have a major adverse impact on health, much of which will result from cardiovascular disease.

Obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are quintessentially disorders of systems, not simply cells. Our programme aims to train researchers who are able to fully exploit the power of modern molecular and cellular biology (including bioinformatics and systems biology) and of integrating these approaches with sophisticated whole-organism physiology and clinical, genetic and epidemiological science.

The programme provides opportunities for multidisciplinary training in a range of approaches to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, including studies of cellular and molecular mechanisms, the neuroscience of energy balance, murine and human physiology, vascular biology, genetics, nutrition and population sciences.

The programme brings together exceptional expertise available in the University Schools of Clinical Medicine and Biological Sciences with that in Cambridge-based MRC Units and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. Our principal investigators are at the international forefront of their scientific disciplines, and provide breadth of expertise from molecules and cells through animals to population science. This puts us in a unique position to undertake cross-disciplinary research with a translational impact on human health.

Our Wellcome Trust 4-year PhD programme has close links and shares many investigators with the BHF-funded 4-year PhD programme in Cardiovascular Research (http://www.mrl.ims.cam.ac.uk/phd/wellcome/). Students interested in cardiovascular research in Cambridge can also apply to both programmes using a single application form. Together these programmes will support around 10 students per year.

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