New PhD studentships awarded

Following the broadening of our remit, we launched our first national call for PhD studentship applications in 2016.

We had a strong response to the call and, following a rigorous assessment process that included external peer review and interview, we were delighted to award studentships to prospective students Emer O'Connor and Richard Baugh, commencing September 2017.

Emer O'Connor - PhD student - Cluster headaches

Emer O’Connor, UCL Institute of Neurology:
Emer’s research is focused on cluster headache, a condition so painful and debilitating it is commonly known as ‘suicide headache’. Cluster headache is known to be hereditary in some cases but the particular genes involved have not been identified. Working in collaboration with a wide international network, Emer will analyse DNA from families affected by cluster headache to pinpoint the genetic variants associated with this condition. Ultimately, this work will help guide the design of future new therapies for cluster headache. Read more.

Richard Baugh, University of Oxford:
Richard’s research focuses on the brain tumour glioblastoma. Glioblastoma has a dismal outlook, with only 20 per cent of patients surviving a year from diagnosis. The  nature of the tumour makes it difficult to remove surgically; radiation and chemotherapy are currently  used to slow its growth but cannot eliminate the tumour completely. Richard will be working on a new immunotherapy approach to target the tumour more effectively. Read more.

Applying for a PhD studentship
We issue an annual call for applications for PhD studentships. Studentships are currently restricted to those planning projects in one of our three priority areas: neuro-oncology, acquired brain damage, and headache and facial pain. Calls are issued annually in September, with awards made in February. Find out more here.