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GenIMPACT – NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence – PhD stipend

Macquarie University is currently advertising one Domestic PhD Scholarship funded by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD).

The period of candidature and scholarship is three years, full-time. Professor Deborah Schofield will supervise the student.

GenIMPACT is a newly established centre that undertakes innovative economic research on the impact of genomic testing and targeted therapy on patients and their families. GenIMPACT is participating in an NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD) led by UNSW. The CRE-NCD team comprises researchers and clinicians in neurogenetics research, genomics, bioinformatics, functional analysis, health economics and clinical practice.

Early genomic diagnosis is critical due to the degenerative nature of some disorders, the potential for effective treatment in a proportion of cases during a critical window of development and the importance to families in understanding the likelihood of recurrence and reproductive planning. The capacity to triage patients most likely to have a condition that has a genetic cause could play an important role in maximising the cost effectiveness of genomic testing.

This PhD research program will focus on the benefits to the individual and society of genomic diagnostics and the most cost-effective mechanisms for their delivery. Links to other PhD projects across the CRE will be encouraged. This research could identify those patients most likely to benefit from early access to genomic sequencing, with a potential concomitant increase in the diagnostic rate and cost effectiveness of the use of Whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exome sequencing (WES).

What we offer:

The full-time stipend rate associated with the scholarship is $27,200 per annum tax exempt for up to three years.

In addition to the stipend, Macquarie University provides approximately $10,000 over the course of the PhD for research related activities (data collection/purchase, travel to present at conferences, training, copy editing, thesis production etc).

For more information:

Professor Deborah Schofield (via PA Philippa Smith | Email | Phone: +61 2 9850 4882)

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