Cardiff University School of Optometry and Vision Sciences and School of Dentistry BBSRC funded PhD Studentship in Retinal Stem Cells Therapy for Retinal Degeneration for UK/EU citizens 2011
Study Subject(s):Retinal Stem Cells Therapy for Retinal Degeneration
Course Level:PhD Studentship
Scholarship Provider: BBSRC, Cardiff University
Scholarship can be taken at: UK
Academic Criteria: Candidates should possess a 2.1 or above required for first degree relevant to biomedical research. Residency: Open to all UK/EU students without further restrictions.
Scholarship Open for International Students: Yes
Scholarship Open for Students of Following Countries: UK/EU
Scholarship Description: Visual impairment and blindness present a major medical and public health problem. A leading cause of visual impairment is age-related retinal degeneration. Due to the lack of effective treatment to degenerative retinal diseases, stem cell-based therapy provides a promising approach that may restore retinal function and prevent blindness. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD), results from gradual degeneration of macula, and causes blurry central vision that may progress to form blind spots, which may affect any of the common daily activities. Glaucoma leads to vision loss by causing degeneration of ganglion cells, which are the sole output neurons in the retina and form the optic nerve essential for conveying light signals to the higher visual system. At present, some of the degenerative retinal disorders can be treated by medication or surgery with limited success, however there is no cure yet.
How to Apply: Online
Scholarship Application Deadline: 1st November 2011