NIHR SPARC (Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration)

Placement Opportunities

The NIHR Infrastructure Short Placement Award for Research Collaboration (SPARC) scheme allows trainees supported by NIHR Infrastructure to spend time in other parts of the NIHR to network, train in a specific technique or collaborate with other researchers/specialists. The scheme is designed to optimise and enhance the trainees’ experience as well as their CVs. Expected outcomes include collaborations, publications, presentations, posters, as well as the development of new skills.

We have placement opportunities to offer in the themes listed below.

The deadline for application is 11th December 2019.  For details on how to apply click here  (scroll down destination page for application form and guidance document)

 

Theme 1: Novel Therapeutics

Theme and Project Lead: Professor Allan Young  allan.young@kcl.ac.uk

Project Team: Centre for Affective Disorders: CRiB Study

Prof. Allan Young collaborating with senior academics across IoPPN and clinicians in SLaM.

Areas of expertise / specialist skills offered by the placement opportunity: Clinical Trials, Psychological Therapies, Cognitive Remediation, Neuroimaging, Bipolar Disorder Clinical interviewing, neuropsychological assessment, neuroimaging, data analysis

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Theme 2: Substance Use

Theme Lead: Professor Sir John Strang  john.strang@kcl.ac.uk

Project Team: The Heroin Overdose and Reversal Experimental Study group: Professor Sir John Strang working with other professors and senior academics within the Addictions group and collaborators.

Project Lead: Professor Sir John Strang , working with Dr Caroline Jolley, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Respiratory Medicine; and with Prof Ben Forbes and Dr Paul Royall (Institute Pharmaceutical Sciences) for development of prototype overdose reversal medications.  

Areas of expertise / specialist skills offered by the placement opportunity: Development of skills working on the interface between addictions studies and respiratory and emergency medicine, also experimental studies developed and undertaken in partnership with patient groups and active clinicians.

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Theme 3: Biomarkers & Genomics

Theme and Project Lead: Professor Cathryn Lewis  cathryn.lewis@kcl.ac.uk

Project Team: Statistical Genetics Unit

Areas of expertise / specialist skills offered by the placement opportunity: Statistical genetics, genetic association testing, polygenic risk scores. In collaboration with the trainee, we will develop a project based on polygenic risk scores for psychiatric and neuropsychiatric disorders, exploring how these could be moved from research studies to the clinic.   

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Theme 4: Clinical and Population Informatics

Theme and Project Lead: Professor Robert Stewart  robert.stewart@kcl.ac.uk

Project Team: Clinical Informatics in the BRC Nucleus

Areas of expertise / specialist skills offered by the placement opportunity: Analysis and interpretation of ‘big’ healthcare data. Applied natural language processing. 

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Theme 5: Neuroimaging

Theme and Project Lead: Professor Steve Williams  steve.williams@kcl.ac.uk

Project Team: Neuroimaging department at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience.

Areas of expertise / specialist skills offered by the placement opportunity: Exposure to psychiatric neuroimaging research across the lifespan. S/he will be given the opportunity to engage in their choice of one or more projects from a choice of over 80 protocols currently underway.  

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