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Application deadline: Now closed.

Supervisors: Dr Jennifer Quint and Professor Martin Cowie

Heart failure as a risk factor for acute exacerbations of COPD (AECOPD)

3.5yr PhD funded through the NHLI Foundation - starting between August 2017- October 2017

Applications are invited from candidates with a Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Epidemiology or Medical Statistics or a related discipline, for a 3.5 year PhD studentship to investigate the relationship between heart failure and COPD exacerbations.  

This project will use data from the UK Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD) linked to Hospital episode statistics and Office of National Statistics data. Other datasets such as the COPD National Audit and National Heart Failure Audit may also be used. People with COPD are at risk of acute exacerbations, which have an enormous impact on worsening quality of life, increasing anxiety and depression, increasing the trajectory of disease decline, as well as increased health care utilization and cost. Heart failure may worsen at the time of an exacerbation, and how the diagnosis and management of heart failure impacts on exacerbations and vice versa is not clear.

The studentship will be funded for 3.5 years with a tax free bursary of £18,000 per annum. Tuition fees at the Home/EU rate will also be paid.

The studentship has been made possible by the NHLI Foundation. The studentship will be based within the group of Dr Jennifer Quint at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College London, at the Royal Brompton Campus. Work will be supervised by Dr Jennifer Quint, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Epidemiology and Professor Martin Cowie, Professor of Cardiology.

The National Heart and Lung Institute provides an exciting environment, with state of the art facilities and excellent opportunities for PhD student training including research seminars and journal clubs. In addition, the institute provides extensive collaborative opportunities with other research groups.

All students will belong to Imperial’s award winning Graduate School which provides a comprehensive Professional Skills Programme. 


How to Apply

Applicants must hold, or expect to obtain, a first or upper second-class undergraduate degree or UK equivalent, along with a Masters, both in an appropriate subject from a recognised academic institution. 

To apply please send to Jennifer Quint:

  • a CV
  • a one page personal statement
  • the names and addresses of at least two academic referees

Please note that candidates must fulfil College admissions criteria - details of College entry requirements.

Application deadline: Now closed.


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