University of Sheffield Doctoral Academy & University Prize Scholarships, UK

Publish Date: Dec 01, 2015

Deadline: Jan 08, 2016

University of Sheffield Doctoral Academy & University Prize Scholarships

The Pulmonary Vascular Disease Unit in Sheffield is the busiest specialist unit in the UK for this condition and one of the busiest in Europe. Translational research in PH incorporates leading research in imaging, molecular science, interdisciplinary research, and clinical research. Each area of work exists in a relatively isolated sphere. Sheffield provides a rare opportunity to develop a comprehensive integrated biosocial model of pulmonary hypertension in a rare, complex disease.

Our hypothesis is that an integrated biosocial model can be developed that can be used to develop and test interdisciplinary interventions that will support broader and deeper understandings of this illness and research models, and result in enhanced research outputs, stratification and development of research questions, and markedly greater meaningful interaction across clinical and scientific divides.

The project will initially explore the landscape of PH practice and research in Sheffield. The student will examine the implicit and explicit models in play in the settings of clinical practice and research, translational lab science, imaging, and interdisciplinary working within structures such as Insigneo. The student will explore how different models drive research agendas and research structures, considering the nature of the illness, its treatment, and the relationships that govern interaction across disciplines and development of successful research.

The student will use these data to describe a model of research and clinical practice relationships. He/she will determine to what extent concepts of responsible innovation and co-responsibility are relevant, employed and understood.

The structure of this model will be examined, and areas where opportunities are lost to generate co-responsible innovation will be defined. A series of specific interventions, such as workshops that explain and challenge limitations on successful research of existing structural models will be convened. Within this workstream, simple interventions will be piloted and assessed for their ability to reshape understanding of research outputs and their consequences for improved clinical care.

Supervisor: Prof Ian Sabroe, Dr Annamaria Carusi, Prof Paul Martin (Social Science)


Interested candidates should in the first instance contact:  Prof Ian Sabroe,

If you are shortlisted for interview, then this will take place on Monday 25th January 2016.

How to apply

Please complete a University Postgraduate Research Application form and attach at least two references to your application. Please select 'University Scholarships' in the Scholarship section of your application. When asked to outline your research proposal, please copy and paste the above project description and supervisor name.

Please clearly state the prospective main supervisor in the respective box and select ‘Infection Immunity' as the department.

Entry Requirements

Candidates must have a first or upper second class honours degree or significant research experience.


This scholarship cover Home/EU fees and RCUK stipend for three years. Overseas students may apply but will need to cover the remaining fees from another source.

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