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Six PhD Studentships open for applications: Epilepsy Research Institute North West Doctoral Training Centre 

The Epilepsy Research Institute’s newly-awarded Doctoral Training Centre is now recruiting students to complete PhDs relating to cognition in epilepsy.

The North West Doctoral Training Centre, based at the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, aims to improve our understanding of the effects that epilepsy and anti-seizure medications have on cognition in people with epilepsy and their children.

The complementary PhD projects within the Centre, led by Dr Rebecca Bromley and Professor Simon Keller, will increase our understanding of cognition in epilepsy across the whole lifespan. There is also a comprehensive programme of training and support on offer for the students, to develop the next generation of epilepsy researchers.

The PhD Studentships are now open for applications – please follow the links below for more information about each project and how to apply.

Cognition in people with epilepsy

Project 1: Investigating the changes to cognition over time and what factors influence them using studies with humans. 

Project 2: Investigating how seizures and antiseizure medications have an impact on cognitive processes in animal and human cell studies. 

Cognitive outcomes in the children of people with epilepsy

Project 3: Following up the children born to women with epilepsy to understand the impact of antiseizure medications on their cognition. 

Project 4: Using animal and human cell investigations to uncover which antiseizure medications disrupt foetal brain development and how they do this. 

Decision making in the clinic about cognitive risk in people with epilepsy and their future offspring

Project 5: Working with people with epilepsy and their families to understand how they view the impact of antiseizure medications on their cognitive functioning. 

Project 6: Working with people with epilepsy to understand how they use complex information about the benefits and risks associated with their treatment to make decisions when planning a pregnancy. 

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