Students are offered the opportunity to conduct research in the area of Nanomedicine and Biostatistics. This is a specialist research strand forming part of the Masters in Research (MRes) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. Students are supervised by active researchers and as well as their research they also take part in a lecture series and also transferable skills offered as part of the wider MRes course.
1. Strand information for
This strand offers a wide range of research projects in the areas of nanomedicine synthesis, pharmacology and safety; as well as in the area of biostatistics and bioinformatics. The research areas cover a variety of topics, from methodological development to biological and clinical applications.
Expertise available includes methods for developing nanoparticles as drug delivery vehicles, in vitro characterisation of nanoparticle interactions with biological tissue, in vivo assessment of nanoparticle pharmacokinetics, distribution and safety, multivariate and multilevel data analysis, and mathematical modelling of nanoparticle behaviour.
Students will develop (1) their understanding of the benefits and risks of nanomedicine development, (2) their skills in generating and assessing these benefits and risks, and (3) experience in critically interpreting their research findings.
Examples of nanomedicine-based projects include: a) synthesis of nanotechnology-enabled medicines for the treatment of infectious diseases; or b) pharmacological evaluation of nanoparticle absorption; or c) interactions of drug nanoparticles with the immune system as an early evaluation of safety.
Expertise available includes methods for evaluating biomarkers, survival data analysis, multivariate and multilevel data analysis, personalised dosing algorithms, construction and analysis of complex networks using interactive bioinformatics tools, and mathematical modelling of relevant biological processes.
Students will develop (1) their understanding of statistical methodology, (2) their skills in applying these techniques to real data, and (3) experience in critically interpreting the clinical and biological findings.
Examples of biostatistics-based project topics are: randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analysis, pharmacogenetics, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, personalised dosing algorithms, analysis of laboratory-based data, quality of life, statistical shape and image analysis.
Examples of bioinformatics-based projects include: a) construction of disease-related network maps that can be used to predict new therapeutic strategies; or b) construction of protein interaction networks underlying fundamental cellular processes such as ubiquitination and exocytosis.
An overview of the MRes
(Master of Research) in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine
The MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine provides students with high level research training within the six research departments contributing to the programme. The programme is divided into 11 strands and students choose a strand that matches their research interests; this then becomes the over-arching area of their research projects. The strands in the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine are listed below:
• Biology of Cancer
• Cellular and Molecular Physiology
• Drug Safety
• Health Economics
• Medical Sciences
• Molecular and Clinical Gastroenterology
• Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology
• Stem Cells, Tissues and Disease
• Women’s, Children’s and Perinatal Health
Structure of the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
The twelve month, full-time programme is structured to allow for 3 hours lectures per week whilst the rest of the day is spent in the Department working on the agreed research project.
MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine students undertake 3 research projects that comprise of 10 weeks of research followed by 2 weeks in which to write a report. Students also present either a poster or talk at the end of every research project. During the project, all students are encouraged to suggest experiments, design experimental protocols, as well as being taught subject specific techniques and advanced knowledge in transferable skills. The research projects will include at least three different research techniques to enhance experimental training skills that need to be clearly stated at the end of each project.
The morning lectures relate to state-of-the-art research techniques, application of knowledge in scientific and clinical areas, and the development of personal and professional transferable skills. Important and innovative parts of the transferable skills students take part in include the following workshops “IP and Commercialization (our own version of Dragon’s Den)”, Demonstrator Training and “Writing a PhD Studentship”, as well as taking part in debates for public understanding of science.
Further information, including current handbook, for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme can be found on our webpage: http://www.liv.ac.uk/translational-medicine/postgraduate/mres/
Bursaries for the MRes
in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine:
For 2016 entry we have 20 bursaries of £2000 each, providing partial funding of the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine programme. For further information and a bursary application form please contact us at [email protected]
For students considering continuing on to a PhD, the Institute offers full and part funded competitive PhD studentships for those who successfully complete the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine. All MRes students will be contacted about these studentships.
can be made here: http://www.liv.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/applying/
. You should apply for the MRes in Biomedical Sciences & Translational Medicine.
1st, 2:1 or 2:2 science degree (or international equivalent). The minimum English Language requirement for EU and international applicants is IELTS = 6.5. Intercalating students are welcome to apply.
2016 tuition fees not yet set, please enquire for more information. (Bursaries available)