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Applications are invited for an ESRC Collaborative (CASE) PhD studentship under the supervision of Dr Simon Woods and Dr Janice McLaughlin of the Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, School of Geography, Politics and Sociology, Newcastle University. The studentship is £18000 (tbc) per annum for 3 years (plus home fees).
The studentship will explore what boys and young men with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD)think about participating in medical research. DMD is one of the most serious of the muscular dystrophies. It affects all ethnicities, nationalities and socioeconomic groups, although it is almost exclusive to males. Much work is being done to develop effective clinical therapies; this research requires the recruitment of affected boys to participate in clinical trials of candidate drugs. We know from other research that many parents are keen to have their children participate (Henderson 2008), however little is known about the attitudes of the boys and young men themselves.
The principal objective of this studentship is to explore what frames the approach taken by boys and young men with DMD to participating in medical research.
1. Identifying the social, cultural and familial contexts that influence their attitude to participating in medical research.
2. Drawing out the key processes and interactions they engage with when considering/making a decision to enter a clinical trial (for example with family, professionals and patient groups).
3. Exploring the resources, such as patient organisations, and sources of information, such as the internet, that they draw upon when considering participating in medical research.
Preference will be given to applicants who have a Masters level degree and/or relevant research experience and training. Applicants should send their CV, letter of application and the names and addresses of two referees to Tom Martin, Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre, Citywall, St James Boulevard, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4JH ([log in to unmask]). For further details contact Simon Woods [log in to unmask] or Rob Walton [log in to unmask] Tel: 0191 222 3919
Closing Date for Applications is Monday, June 22nd
Interviews will be held on: Monday, July 27th
Further Information about the project can be found here:
Dr Janice McLaughlin
Director of Research
Policy Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre
St James Boulevard,
Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 4JH.
Tel: +44 (0)191 243 0778
Sociology and Social Policy
School of Geography, Politics and Sociology 5th Floor Claremont Bridge Building University of Newcastle Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU
Tel: 0191 222 7511