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PhD Studentship in the Institute of Neuroscience – Effect of Ageing and Parkinson’s disease on Neural Control of Gait

Value of award

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses of £14,553.  Successful international candidates will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards


Start date and duration

25 September 2017 for 3 years.

Application closing date

21July 2017.


Interested in understanding how neural mechanisms relate to gait and cognitive changes in older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease (PD)?  This project will investigate neural control of gait in these populations and assess links with cognition.

Older adults frequently develop impaired gait, associated with an increased risk of falling and subsequent medical complications. Age related neurodegenerative diseases such as PD further impact gait.   Cognitive changes often occur with ageing and are an important factor when considering falls risk.  Gait and cognitive function are interrelated, possibly through shared neural pathways. Motor control will be studied using a variety of data including electromyography (EMG), gait spatio-temporal data and functional near-infrared data (fNIRS). Future studies will also record EEG during level and slope walking. The project will require strong numerical skills and proficiency in programming (Matlab).


Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University.

Name of supervisor(s)

Lead supervisor – Dr A Pantall, Institute of Neuroscience

Secondary supervisors -   Dr K Nazarpour, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Professor Lynn Rochester, Institute of Neuroscience.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants will normally have or expect to achieve, at least a 2:1 honours degree or international equivalent in a subject related to the project such as biomedical engineering, bioscience, neuroscience and physics.   A further qualification such as an MSc, MEng or MRes is advantageous.

The award is available to UK/EU and International applicants.  If English is not your first language, you must have a minimum English language level of IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent) with no less than 6 in sub-sections.

How to apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. To do this please ‘Create a new account’.

Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:


For further details please contact:
Dr A Pantall
Institute of Neuroscience
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1247