Studentships at the Department of Health Sciences 2019, University of Leicester, UK

University of Leicester


May 06, 2019


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Early life exposure to environmental noise and air pollution and cardiovascular and cognitive outcomes in the Avon Longitudinal Study of Children and Parents (ALSPAC) cohort

Qualification: PhD

Department: Health Sciences

Application deadline: 6 May 2019

Start date: September 2019


This project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) Integrated Midlands Partnership for Biomedical Training (IMPACT) doctoral training partnership (DTP). It is also part of the Industrial Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentship scheme.


Project overview

This project will investigate whether exposure to noise and air pollution from road transport during pregnancy and early life affects development of the cardiovascular system and cognition in childhood. The study will use data from the ALSPAC (Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children) cohort of up to 15,000 pregnancies, using newly developed environmental exposure data. There are few previous studies looking at exposures of road noise and air pollution in childhood and this will be the first to also look at exposures in pregnancy.

Good statistical knowledge will be essential to analyse the large datasets involved. The student will develop further skills in modelling noise exposure and lifecourse analysis. The analyses will result in high impact journal publications that will inform UK and European policy. There will be good opportunities to present results to national government and at international conferences.

The studentship includes a three months placement at the industrial partner, ARUP, working with Dr Charlotte Clark, an experienced noise researcher. The student will receive training on use of epidemiological studies in health impact assessment analyses to develop policy recommendations and will be encouraged to develop their own experiments in the state-of-the-art SoundLab at ARUP.


Professor Anna Hansell,
Professor John Gulliver,
Dr Charlotte Clark


The Studentship provides tuition fees and stipend for 3.5 years to UK applicants. EU applicants who do not meet the RCUK residency criteria can apply for a fees only award.

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