New PhD studentships awarded

Every year, Brain Research Trust awards aspiring neurological researchers the opportunity to be awarded a PhD studentship.

With the change of our charitable objects to fund research throughout the UK, we are proud to announce that the two recently awarded studentships will be at different neurological centre of excellences.

Commencing their studentships in September 2017, Emer O'Connor and Richard Baugh will be carrying out their studies into two of our priority research areas for funding this year, cluster headaches and neuro oncology.

Emer O'Connor - PhD student - Cluster headaches

Emer O’Connor, UCL Institute of Neurology:
Emer’s research is focused on cluster headache, a condition so painful and debilitating it is commonly known as ‘suicide headache’. Cluster headache is known to be hereditary in some cases but the particular genes involved have not been identified. Working in collaboration with a wide international network, Emer will analyse DNA from families affected by cluster headache to pinpoint the genetic variants associated with this condition. Ultimately, this work will help guide the design of future new therapies for cluster headache.

Richard Baugh, University of Oxford:
Richard’s PhD research is focusing on a type of brain tumour called Glioblastoma Multiforme, which has five year survival of only ten per cent. The  nature of the tumour makes it difficult to remove surgically; radiation and chemotherapy are currently  used to slow its growth but cannot eliminate the tumour completely. Richard will be working on a new immunotherapy approach to target the tumour more effectively.

If you're a scientist and looking to study for a PhD, we will be opening our next round of studentship applications towards the end of 2017.