LSTM and Lancaster University receive MRC Doctoral Training Partnership funding

News article 9 Nov 2015
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Scheme allows recruitment of up to 7 PhD students per intake year

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) and Lancaster University (LU) have been successful in their joint application for a Medical Research Council (MRC) Translational and Quantitative Skills Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) in Global Health. 

“We are delighted to receive this prestigious PhD partnership award from the MRC”, said lead applicant Professor Giancarlo Biagini of LSTM. “This training programme is a unique opportunity to develop bridge scientists that have the required translational skills towards the discovery and development of interventions to improve the health of the world’s most vulnerable people.”

The partnership specifically aims to train those scientists that will be able to work across the traditional disciplines with a strong focus on the development and use of quantitative skills. Dr Kevin Mortimer, co-investigator of the award added: “It is our experience that effective translational projects use field observations to inform laboratory experiments. Equally there are basic research solutions that can influence community prevention initiatives. We therefore aim to train researchers from all backgrounds to learn how to work together with a single objective.”

Professor Peter Diggle of Lancaster University said: “Recruited students will receive formal training in translational research, including projects with external organisations and industry. There will be a strong focus on essential competencies in areas relevant to onward careers in translational research such as business development and intellectual property rights. This will all culminate in PhD work plans that are highly competitive and impactful.”

Students will embark on an MRes in the first year, which will include external placements and training followed by registration to PhD.

The partnership aims to recruit up to 7 PhD students per intake year for the coming three years. Interested students from relevant backgrounds such as mathematics; life sciences; social sciences; clinical sciences and public health can obtain more information about the scheme by visiting the LSTM or LU websites

LSTM and Lancaster are grateful for additional funds into this scheme from the Aldama Foundation; Key Travel and funds from a private legacy.

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