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RANZCO 2021 Congress Medical Student Grants

RANZCO offers a select number of reduced-rate registrations for medical students working in Australia or New Zealand who could not otherwise attend the Congress.

The RANZCO Congress 2021 will be held in Brisbane from Saturday 20 November to Tuesday 23 November 2021. Virtual attendance options for delegates will also be offered, allowing opportunities for those who may not be able to travel.

To register, please complete form under the ‘Grants’ section by 1 September 2021. Successful recipients will be notified shortly after this time.

ORIA Research Grants

The Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA) one-year research grants in ophthalmology and related fields are available through the Ophthalmic Research Institute of Australia (ORIA).

Applications for the 2021 ORIA Research Grants opened in late January and are now closed.

Marsden Funded PhD Available

Better than a hole in the head? Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MIR) of brain motion as an indicator of raised intracranial pressure.

Management of several conditions, characterised by high intracranial pressure (ICP), is hampered by the lack of a reliable, non-invasive technique to confidently determine if ICP is elevated. Raised ICP can severely compromise brain perfusion. Currently, the only way to definitely determine ICP is to measure it directly, requiring a highly invasive skull burr hole. What is there was a way to determine the ICP with a non-invasive Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan? We have developed a method called amplified MRI (aMRI), which can detect changes in brain motion with changes in ICP. Together with our capability to directly measure and modulate ICP in a clinically-relevant large animal (sheep) model, we now have the means to model the brain physiology across a range of ICPs.

This is a funded PhD position to start in March 2021. The goal of this PhD is to determine if aMRI can provide a diagnostic index of ICP. We are looking for a student with interest in correlating abnormal brain motion based on MRI to clinical measures in idiopathic hypertension (IIH) patients. The PhD would involve performing specialised testing (e.g. OCT and visual field testing). The student will have the opportunity to be involved in the collection of advanced imaging and physiological data in pre-clinical and clinical experiments. This project is exciting and unique in its methods and application of novel clinical, scientific, computational modelling and bioengineering tools, with the potential to revolutionise management of patients with high ICP.

Please contact Prof Helen Danesh-Meyer for more information at helendm@gmail.com or 0212291840.

Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Research Grant

Applications are now closed for the third round of Macular Disease Foundation Australia’s Research Grants Program.

Last updated: May 19, 2021

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