PhD Opportunity: Developing virtual reality for paediatric rehabilitation

Wednesday 13 December 2023

Are you interested in being at the forefront of innovative developments in the field of paediatric digital healthcare technology? Apply today for a competitive PhD studentship that is part of a cross-disciplinary programme to develop new digital platforms and technologies to address unmet needs in child health.

There are currently over 40,000 childhood cancer survivors in the UK and many of these children and young people (CYP) face severe physical and psychological long-term side effects following treatment. Neurorehabilitation is used to improve mobility and perceptive functions and enable CYP to improve their quality of life and manage their day to day activities with more independence. However, current access to paediatric neurorehabilitation in the NHS is very limited.

The development of new medical technologies and digital therapeutics, such as virtual reality, may offer a promising alternative to conventional therapies by enabling patients to access engaging neurorehabilitation from home. This project will involve working alongside patients, families, clinicians, engineers, computer scientists, and other experts to create a system that facilitates neurorehabilitation for CYP that can be adapted to suit the patient’s abilities and needs.

Funding is provided by the NIHR GOSH Biomedical Research Centre (GOSH BRC) as part of their National Paediatric Excellence Initiative. This project is hosted in collaboration between Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the NIHR Children and Young People MedTech Co-operative, and the Insigneo Institute for In Silico Medicine at the University of Sheffield.

The deadline for applications is Friday 12th January 2024.

For more information about the programme, entry requirements and how to apply, please visit the link below.