Pupillometry as a Diagnostic & Prognostic Indicator in Neurological Diseases PhD studentship

Applications are invited for a University-funded PhD studentship to further develop an in-house prototype pupillometer for the detection of various neurological diseases. The main project objectives will be to:

  1. Investigate the pupillary light response (PLR) in patients with pre-existing neurological diseases, including retinopathies and neurodegenerative disorders.
  2. Develop an efficient method (e.g. machine learning, AI, etc) for processing large data sets to rapidly analyse and identify disease-specific PLR characteristics.
  3. Evaluate the potential use of PLR as a rapid, point-of-care diagnostic/prognostic indicator.

This project would particularly suit individuals who have a basic understanding of biological systems, a demonstrable flair for computational mathematics and the practical skills required to utilise commercial VR technology for application within a clinical setting.

The project is a partnership between the Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Hertfordshire (UH), co-supervised by Professor Rob Chilcott (Head of Toxicology, University of Hertfordshire), Dr Anish Dhital (NHS consultant ophthalmologist) and Dr Joanne Larner (Group Leader for Clinical Toxicology, University of Hertfordshire).

The studentship will be awarded for a period of 3 years, with an annual, inflation-linked stipend starting at £15,009.

For further details please contact Professor Chilcott. Applications should be sent to doctoralcollegeadmissions@herts.ac.uk by Thursday 31 October. The successful candidate would be expected to start four weeks after the interview.