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International PhD Scholarship in Phospholipid Formulations for Anticancer Therapy, UK

Applications are invited for a full-time scholarship available in the School of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. The scholarship is tenable for up to 3 years for a PhD (via MPhil route) [subject to satisfactory progress] and is open to international applicants only. UK/EU applicants are not eligible to apply. The scholarship will provide £15000 towards the cost of the International tuition fee over 3 years.
In the UK, approximately 7000 people per year are diagnosed with brain cancer, making it about the 10th most common type of cancer in men and the 13th in women. Brain cancer mortalities in children exceed those of leukaemia making it the second highest cause of death. In spite of this, research in this area has not received the attention it merits. Brain tumours differ from most other cancers by their diffusion infiltration of the surrounding normal brain tissue, resulting in complete resection of the tumour by surgery being rarely successful. Consequently, future developments in treatment strategies are likely to be systematic in nature. However, at the present time chemotherapy is very unpredictable with large variation in drug sensitivity demonstrated between individuals.
We have recently shown that liposomes generated from prolipsomes are effective in suppression of glioma cancers.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 13 May 2011

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PhD and MSc Scholarship Opportunities – Oncology & Medical Physics, University of Alberta, Canada

Academically accomplished domestic and international students are invited to apply for funded positions in the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs of the Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta, an institution that ranks among the top 100 in the world. Graduate applications are now being accepted for September 2011. Please visit our website for complete information.

Research Environment
The Department of Oncology at the University of Alberta is located within the Cross Cancer Institute, the major cancer treatment centre in Central/Northern Alberta, Canada.

Thesis-based M.Sc. and Ph.D. research topics include but are not limited to:
• genetic and epigenetic control of nuclear organization
• regulatory mechanisms in neural development, retinoblastoma and brain tumours
• metabolism of cachexia and wasting diseases
• mechanisms of cell-cycle control
• molecular events in ovarian cancer
• novel gene therapeutics
• nutrient-gene interactions in cancer
• tumor imaging and positron emission tomography
• molecular basis of DNA-repair
• molecular events in multiple myeloma
• computer based modeling and drug discovery
• molecular mechanisms of melanoma pathogenesis

The Medical Physics Program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Medical Physics Education Programs (CAMPEP), prepares students for a career as a Medical Physicist in North America.

Graduate students in Oncology enjoy many benefits, including:
• dedicated trainee-oriented staff
• an interdisciplinary research environment
• a centrally managed state-of-the art imaging facility
• world-class computational facilities for molecular modeling
• state-of-the-art animal and tumor imaging facilities
• real-time image-guided adaptive radiotherapy
• accredited training and research opportunities in Medical Physics
• a modern city with ready access to Canada’s most spectacular National Parks.

Please visit our website for more information about the Oncology graduate program, or about the specialized streams of Experimental Oncology or Medical Physics.

Funding and Awards

In 2011-12, graduate students will be funded to a minimum level of $25,000 – $27,000 CAD. Support comes from sources such as:
• departmental/university scholarships
• competitive provincial and national awards
• tuition scholarships
• travel and conference awards
• supervisor-funded stipends.

Exceptional new candidates are also be eligible for recruitment awards including:
• Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships: prestigious national award valued at $50,000 CAD/year
• Cathy & Harold Roozen Endowment Entrance Award
• Antoine Noujaim Graduate Entrance Scholarship

Our funding website contains more detailed information about scholarships and awards.

Candidate Requirements
The Oncology program welcomes academically accomplished domestic and international students with a baccalaureate degree (or its academic equivalent) and an appropriate research background. Specific requirements regarding English Language Proficiency, GRE scores, and minimum GPA, can be found on our website.

Scholarship Application Deadline: Contact Employer

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