PhD Studentship: Genomics & Retinal Biomarkers of Neurodegeneration

Published on: 12th May 2017

This project is part of our investigation into novel biomarkers for risk assessment of neurodegenerative conditions, mainly dementia, from a rich set of patient data including full genetic profiles. The student will apply statistics and data analytics techniques (machine learning, deep learning), and learn to use state-of-the-art image measuring packages (e.g. VAMPIRE for retinal images) . It leverages large, cross-linked bioresources (eg goDARTS) which our team have accessed in previous projects. This project builds upon a 1.1M EPSRC grant (with Edinburgh) on multi-modal retinal biomarkers for vascular dementia (2015-8) and a Leverhulme project (2012-5) on retinal measurements and genetics, and complements starting projects like the 5M NIHR Global Health programme grant on diabetes-related data analytics. It is a strong strategic fit with our University strategy on health and biomedical informatics.

(This PhD Studentship is funded by the MRC)


Alex Doney & Emanuele Trucco.

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S. McGrory, A. M. Taylor, J. Corley, A. Pattie, S. R. Cox, B. Dhillon, J. M. Wardlaw, F. N. Doubal, J. M. Starr, E. Trucco, T. J. MacGillivray, I. J. Deary, Retinal microvascular network geometry and cognitive abilities in community-dwelling older people: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1936 Study. British Journal of Ophthalmology, bjophthalmol-2016-309017; DOI: 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2016-309017

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