press release
Published: 29 July 2020

Dunhill Medical Trust awards five PhD studentships to the University of Surrey

By Natasha Meredith

The University of Surrey has received funding for five PhD studentships from the Dunhill Medical Trust doctoral training programme.

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The prestigious medical trust has provided funding for over 30 years to researchers in a bid to understand more about the mechanisms of ageing and to help develop innovative treatments for age-related diseases and frailties.

The new PhD studentships, led by Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam alongside other academics at the University, will involve the development of laboratory based systems that are able to fully represent the biology of ageing for different organ systems. These new positions are expected to further enhance cross school collaborations and help further enhance the ageing research portfolio and expertise already at Surrey.

Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Head of Department of Preclinical Sciences at the University of Surrey, said: “I am delighted the University has received this award and I am excited to start recruiting. We have put in plans to work with commercial companies for some of the projects which offers tremendous opportunities for those involved and will widen their skillset.”

The University’s Lifelong Health theme lead, Professor Deborah Dunn Walters, added: “We are delighted at Dr Jeevaratnam’s success and look forward to working with the Dunhill Medical Trust and our new postgraduate research students to bring our exciting interdisciplinary capabilities to ageing research.”

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