Project Description
It is now well accepted that a significant proportion of patients who are thought to have a prolonged disorder of consciousness (PDOC) actually possess a high level of cognitive function, but are simply unable to demonstrate this with purposeful motor behaviours. However, no therapies have proven successful for inducing or accelerating recovery in these patients. As part of a recently awarded three-year grant (https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=MR%2FP02596X%2F1), our lab is currently exploring the potential for non-invasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation; tDCS), coupled with passive mobilisation, to modulate the dynamics of the motor system and subsequently increase motor responsiveness. This PhD project will focus on the translation of this fundamental scientific research into direct clinical impact with PDOC patients themselves. We will capitalise on the unique clinical environment at The Wellington Hospital, London, which is home to both a specialised unit for rehabilitation of PDOC and in-house MRI facilities, and will thereby establish a programme for characterising the neural, clinical, and behavioural effects of tDCS in individual PDOC patients.

Applicants should have a research-oriented background in cognitive neuroscience, clinical neuroscience, or experimental psychology and should have basic programming skills (e.g., MATLAB). Experience with neuroimaging, non-invasive brain stimulation and data analysis, and working with patients with brain injury is desirable

More details at the link below:
https://www.findaphd.com/search/projectdetails.aspx?PJID=101199

Antonio Incisa della Rocchetta PhD CPsychol CSci
Clinical Lead Neuropsychologist (Neuro-Rehabilitation)
Direct Dial: +44 (0)20 7483 5595 Fax: +44 (0)20 7483 5199
The Wellington Hospital, Wellington Place, St Johns Wood, London, NW8 9LE
Main: +44 (0)20 7586 5959 | Website: www.thewellingtonhospital.com