Research Scholarships in Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds for International Students in Australia

We are presently providing a research scholarship to a highly motivated PhD applicant to work in a research group studying astrocyte-mediated neuronal toxicity in neurodegeneration.

The GRS at Western Sydney University is funding the initiative.

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To learn all there is to know about the Research Scholarships in the Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds, keep reading, as this article shall provide you with the necessary information.

About the Research Scholarships in Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

In this project, we intend to examine how neuroinflammation affects motor neuron hyperexcitability in ALS and AD.

While the loss of neurons primarily causes neurodegeneration and death, it is becoming clear that other cell types in the brain (such as astrocytes) also contribute to neurodegeneration and death.

Astrocytes generally assist neurons, but their function changes with neurodegenerative disorders, accelerating disease progression.

Currently, the specific processes underlying defective astrocyte-mediated neuronal damage are unknown.

On the other hand, evidence from animal and human cell models suggests that limiting astrocyte dysfunction may protect neurons against degeneration and death.

Thus, our overarching goals are to uncover the astrocyte-mediated mechanisms that cause neuronal toxicity in AD and ALS and to test potential therapeutics based on our findings.

The study will be based at the Campbelltown campus’s School of Medicine, with the possibility to collaborate with Dr Yossi Buskila on novel recording and imaging techniques like patch clamp, optogenetics, and two-photon imaging.

Eligibility Criteria

The successful candidate should:

  • Have qualifications and experience that are equivalent to one of the following (i) an Australian First Class Bachelor (Honours) degree, (ii) a coursework Master’s degree with at least a 25% research component, (iii) a Research Masters degree, or (iv) equivalent overseas qualifications.
  • Strong academic success in subjects related to Physiology, neuroscience, neurobiology, or neurophysiology is required.
  • Understand the significance of neurodegenerative illness research.
  • Be willing to learn neurophysiological electrophysiology and imaging techniques.
  • Be eager and extremely driven to pursue advanced-level studies.

International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency.

Benefits of the Research Scholarships in Evaluation of Anti-Inflammatory Compounds

  • Domestic candidates will receive a tax-free stipend of $30,000 (AUD) each year for up to three years to help with living expenses, which will be subsidised by the Research Training Programme (RTP) Fee Offset.
  • International candidates will be paid a tax-free stipend of $30,000 (AUD) per year for up to three years to help with living expenses. Tuition fees will be waived for those with a great track record.
  • Training, conference attendance, fieldwork, and other research costs are approved by the School.

International candidates must have an Overseas Student Health Care (OSHC) card (opens in new window)!Insurance policy for the duration of their study in Australia. The scholarship does not cover this fee.

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