The University of Newcastle, Australia

Developing Treatments for Myopia

Closing Date: 20 August 2018

PhD Scholarship

Half the world will be short-sighted (myopic) by 2050, and 1 billion will be at risk of becoming blind. PhD projects are available to manipulate changes in the eye that cause myopia with the aim to develop treatments. These include anti-myopia drug development and bioengineering the sclera.

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There is a relatively new blindness epidemic happening around the world and high myopia is now a leading cause of profound blindness. PhD projects are available to join our research teams that are developing treatments. The project may involve studying the effect of manipulating the pharmacology and molecular biology of pathways that underlie myopia development, imaging the changes in the eye during the development of myopia, or involve development of bioengineering treatments of the sclera for the treatment of high myopia. The work may involve using our mammalian animal model that we have developed and/or include studies with humans in pre-clinical trials. The ultimate aim is to develop treatments that halt the relentless progression of myopia, or for those who have already developed high myopia, to stop the development of associated changes in the eye that lead to profound blindness.

The project will be tailored to suit the background and interest of applicants and would be undertaken in the Vision Sciences Group in the School of Psychology, a member of The Hunter Medical Research Institute, and in collaboration with International colleagues and Industry partners

PhD Scholarship details

The successful applicant will receive a top up scholarship of up to $10,000/annum (depending on qualifications and experience) expiring in March 2021. An extension beyond March 2021 may also be possible depending on funding availability. This top up is in addition to the Round Two 2018 scholarship that applicants must be awarded to be eligible for the top up.

Supervisor: Associate Professor Sally A. McFadden

Available to: Domestic and International students


Eligibility Criteria

A background in one or more of optometry, ophthalmology, chemistry, polymer chemistry, drug development, imaging and optics, experimental psychology, bio-engineering or molecular biology is preferred. To receive this top-up, applicants must meet the minimum eligibility criteria and be awarded a full living allowance and tuition fee scholarship in the Round Two 2018 scholarship round. Details of that round, and the scholarship benefits, are available on the scholarships webpage. The application form for a Round Two 2018 scholarship, along with the Expression of Interest form for this top up, can be found on the How to Apply webpage.

Application Procedure

Interested applicants should send a completed Expression of Interest form, along with scanned copies of their academic transcripts to by 20 August 2018 at 5pm.

Applications Close 20 August 2018

Contact Associate Professor Sally A. McFadden
Phone +61 2 4921 5634

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