La Trobe University – Sheffield Hallam University Joint PhD Program Scholarships

PhD
Posted 3 months ago

Modifiable factors associated with post-traumatic knee osteoarthritis in runners following knee surgery

Lead Supervisor: Benjamin Mentiplay

Knee osteoarthritis occurs in an alarming number of young adults who have previously undergone knee surgery. One potential contributing factor to this accelerated development of osteoarthritis is participation in high-impact exercise, such as running, which is often taken up post-surgery as an alternative to contact/twisting sports. This PhD project aims to investigate modifiable factors (e.g., weekly training load or movement patterns) that are associated with knee osteoarthritis outcomes (MRI features and symptoms) in runners who have had knee surgery. The successful candidate will be supervised from leading experts across an international collaboration between La Trobe University and Sheffield Hallam University.

We are very excited to advertise a fully funded graduate research scholarship for a joint PhD between La Trobe University (Australia) and Sheffield Hallam University (UK)! The successful applicant will be working within the TRAIL cohort study to investigate modifiable factors (weekly training load, movement patterns, etc.) that are associated with knee osteoarthritis outcomes (MRI features and symptoms) in runners with and without a history of knee surgery. The PhD will be supervised by Dr Ben Mentiplay (La Trobe), Professor Kay Crossley (La Trobe), Dr Marcus Dunn (Sheffield), and Dr Ben Heller (Sheffield).

Applications for this scholarship are now open to Australian or New Zealand citizens or Australian permanent residents newly enrolling in a PhD. The successful applicant undertaking the joint PhD program will be enrolled in a PhD at both institutions, with the majority of time spent at La Trobe University but with a 12-month period spent at Sheffield Hallam University included within the PhD.

The application deadline is 31 October 2021.

Study details: b.mentiplay@latrobe.edu.au

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