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Translational Neuroscience PhD Blog

Hello!  This is a blog run by the PhD students on the Wellcome Trust 4 Year PhD Programme in Translational Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh.

There’s currently 19 of us spread across three cohorts, that come from some very exotic places (I think Egypt takes the biscuit, although Lisdoonvarna is a close second). Similar to other Wellcome Trust programmes across the UK, we spend our first year doing three ten-week rotation projects that range across the lifespan; our first project is based on neurodevelopment, and the last is in the area of neurodegeneration. However, what makes this programme unique is that it aims to train basic scientists to think more translationally, so we are fortunate enough to experience clinical aspects of neuroscience first-hand; we visit the neonatal intensive care ward, psychiatric outpatient clinic and memory clinic, just to name a few.

Neurological disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide, and with hundreds of failed clinical trials in areas like Alzheimer’s disease and stroke it is vital that future scientists put patients at the forefront of their research. By doing so we may be able to understand the mechanism of neurological disease, and ultimately discover new treatments that will improve the lives of patients living with these devastating disorders.
We are delighted to be given this unique opportunity to train as Translational Neuroscientists and hope to make substantial contributions to this field during our four years here in Edinburgh, and throughout the rest of our careers. The community of both clinical and basic neuroscience research here at the University of Edinburgh puts us in the perfect place to achieve the goals of this PhD…and it helps that Edinburgh just so happens to be the most beautiful city in the world!

4 replies to “Translational Neuroscience PhD Blog”

  1. Olaide Ofi says:

    Beautiful. I hope to be a part of this program sometime to make significant contributions likewise.

  2. Gemma Deegan says:

    I’m hoping this blog is still attended! 😛 I’m applying for the Translation Neuroscience PhD programme this year and would love some words of wisdom or advice on applications! Any tips or tricks for getting shortlisted for an interview? 🙂 TIA!

  3. Parimal Wasekar says:

    During my medical school I developed a vague but keen interest for neurosciences and now after years this course draws my attention astutely. A bit overwhelmed by the sea of opportunities and interests, but this in particular fits right in with my overall life goals. A bit disheartening to see the probability for selection given the huge number of applicants. I appreciate any help from anyone of any form:)

  4. Isaac Ponce says:

    Have anyone received an acceptance/rejection letter yet?

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