PhD Studentship Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK*
Sympathetic microneurography and its application to understanding pain in Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
The University of Brighton will oversee the administration of this PhD
Supervisory team at BSMS
Prof Hugo Critchley
Dr Yoko Nagai
Dr Jessica Eccles
Prof Andrew Dilley
Prof Vaughan Macefield, Monash University, Melbourne
BSMS Clinical Neuroscience Department
Brighton and Sussex Medical School, University of Sussex
The studentship is supported jointly by BSMS and the Autonomic Charitable Trust
Stipend equivalent to a UKRI studentship
Higher PhD fees apply to non-UK students
What are the mechanisms of interaction between pain processing and autonomic dysregulation that can account for fibromyalgia and experience of pain symptoms in POTS?
Peripheral nerve recording of sympathetic and sensory nerves fibres
Recruitment and testing of human participants including nonclinical volunteers and patients with dysautonomia (PoTS) and/or fibromyalgia
Measures including diagnostic schedules, quantitative questionnaires (including symptoms rating scales), computerised psychological and behavioural tasks, recording of physiological responses across autonomic axes.
Development and piloting of biobehavioural interventions for symptom management
Training goals towards expertise in:
Microneurography – facilitated by planned visit to Professor Macefield’s group in Melbourne (Yr 1).
Human autonomic psychophysiology
Experimental (cognitive / affective) psychology studies
Clinical (patient focused) research
Acquisition management analyses and interpretation of multiaxis experimental datasets
Applicants must apply through the University of Brighton application portal StudentView (brighton.ac.uk) where they can submit a CV and complete the application form.
The deadline for applications is January 31, 2024.
Interviews will be held in February, 2024.
Proposed start date from May 1, 2024
Informal enquiries are very welcome and should be submitted to Professor Hugo Critchley or Professor Andrew Dilley