Postgraduate research opportunities Developing novel treatment for Alzheimers disease through understanding the disease immunopathogenesis


Key facts

  • Opens: Thursday 5 March 2020
  • Number of places: 1
  • Duration: 36 Months


Neuroscience immunology neurodegenerative diseases
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Degree in biomedical science and related subjects

THE Awards 2019: UK University of the Year Winner
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Project Details

Alzheimers disease (AD) is the biggest cause of dementia a disease with dramatic increase in its prevalence in recent years due to increased life expectancy. The 2014 Dementia UK report suggest that 850,000 people in UK were living with dementia by 2015 and the number of people living with dementia will increase to over 1 million by 2021 and over 2 million by 2051 in the UK. Currently dementia costs the UK £26 billion a year. Thus it has become a major global challenge on the healthcare and the society. Although the cause of AD is currently unknown accumulating research evidence confirmed that AD pathology is closely associated with immune-inflammation in the central nervous system (CNS). Thus a better understanding of the specific roles of immune cells and molecules and their interaction between the CNS and the immune system in AD pathogenesis is the key for the development of novel therapeutic strategies for patients. This project therefore aims to investigate how the phenotype and function of various immune cells in the periphery immune system and in the CNS are modulated at the early peak and late stages of AD disease using genetically modified AD mouse model. The findings may lead to the development of a novel therapeutic strategy for AD patients through modulating neuro-immune responses.

The students will have access to state-of-the-art equipment during their studies. In addition they will receive the excellent training programme designed for PhD students in SIPBS in: data handling and statistical interpretation information and database searching research skills in data presentation and scientific writing.


Techniques used:

  • In vitro techniques: primary and cell line culture, molecular biology assays (e.g. RNA extraction, real-time PCR), immunohistochemical staining histology microscope imaging various immunoassays such as ELISA flow cytometry.

In vivo techniques: PIL course training murine AD model evaluation of disease severity tissue dissection and processing for specific immunoassays. 

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Funding details

Applicant will need to self-fund, find sponsorship for tuition and bench fees of £12000 per annum for duration of studies

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Primary Supervisor: Hui-Rong Jiang



Secondary Supervisor: Shuzo Sakata


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Primary Supervisor: Hui-Rong Jiang