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We are seeking capable researchers (non-clinical or clinical) to investigate the biophysical basis and clinical applications of MRI T1-mapping, both in heart and in extra-cardiac organs. Our interests include exploring dynamic conditions that change tissue T1, such as administration of stress or contrast agents.

The content of the work will be tailored to the candidate's profile. The technical aspects may include mathematical modelling to explain acquired data and to streamline data analysis. Prior experience and interest in cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is a distinctive advantage, and would allow acquisition of new CMR data in-vitro and/or in-vivo with training. A clinical/medical background may allow the project to progress towards clinical application in specific patient cohorts, beyond the study of normal controls – for this aspect, an appropriate, clinically-qualified CMR expert collaborator (Prof. Vanessa Ferreira, Associate Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine) will act as co-supervisor. Please contact the prospective supervisors for further details.

Training Opportunities

As well as the specific training detailed above, students will have access to a wide-range of seminars and training opportunities through the many research institutes and centres based in Oxford. Students are also able to attend the Methods and Techniques course run by the MRC Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine. This course runs through the year, ensuring that students have the opportunity to build a broad-based understanding of differing research techniques.

Generic skills training is offered through the Medical Sciences Division's Skills Training Programme. This programme offers a comprehensive range of courses covering many important areas of researcher development: knowledge and intellectual abilities, personal effectiveness, research governance and organisation, and engagement, influence and impact. Students are actively encouraged to take advantage of the training opportunities available to them.

The Department has a successful mentoring scheme, open to graduate students, which provides an additional possible channel for personal and professional development outside the regular supervisory framework. We hold an Athena SWAN Silver Award in recognition of our efforts to support the careers of female students and staff.


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2 Mahmod, M., et al., Adenosine stress native T1 mapping in severe aortic stenosis: evidence for a role of the intravascular compartment on myocardial T1 values. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson, 2014. 16: p. 92
3 Ferreira, V.M., et al., Native T1-mapping detects the location, extent and patterns of acute myocarditis without the need for gadolinium contrast agents. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson, 2014. 16: p. 36
4 Liu, A., et al., Adenosine Stress and Rest T1 Mapping Can Differentiate Between Ischemic, Infarcted, Remote, and Normal Myocardium Without the Need for Gadolinium Contrast Agents. JACC Cardiovasc Imaging, 2016. 9(1): p. 27-36
5 Moon, J.C., et al., Myocardial T1 mapping and extracellular volume quantification: a Society for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) and CMR Working Group of the European Society of Cardiology consensus statement. J Cardiovasc Magn Reson, 2013. 15: p. 92
6 Piechnik, S.K., S. Neubauer, and V.M. Ferreira, State-of-the-art review: stress T1 mapping-technical considerations, pitfalls and emerging clinical applications. MAGMA, 2017
7 Piechnik, S.K. and M. Jerosch-Herold, Myocardial T1 mapping and extracellular volume quantification: an overview of technical and biological confounders. Int J Cardiovasc Imaging, 2017

Research Themes, Tools and Technologies


Key Dates for October 2018 Entry

The deadline for funded applications was 8 January 2018.

We are still accepting applications from candidates who are able to secure funding elsewhere until 12 noon on Friday 27 July 2018.

Some projects may have earlier deadline dates. Please check the project description carefully if you are considering applying.

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How to apply

To apply for a place on the DPhil in Medical Sciences you will need to submit an application using the online application form.

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