This project will expand BI’s vagus nerve stimulation technology and utilize revolutionary thin-film fabrication techniques to build a miniaturized peripheral nerve array for the abdominal vagus nerve of mice. It is the result of a collaboration between RMIT University and the Bionics Institute (BI). Clinically, stimulation of the vagus nerve is utilized for the treatment of a wide variety of common human disorders (epilepsy, heart failure, obesity etc). As a consequence of this, the effects of vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) are varied, which has generated a significant amount of attention among healthcare professionals.
An electrode array that is intended for long-term implantation onto the abdominal vagus nerve of rats and sheep has been created and validated by us here at the Bionics Institute. The effectiveness of this technique in the treatment of Crohn’s disease is now being evaluated in clinical trials. There are many genetic models of human diseases that may be found in mice, and these models are a vital tool for understanding how diseases work and finding novel treatments for existing disorders. This project’s overarching objective is to broaden our technology for stimulating the vagus nerve and adapt it such that it may be used on awake, freely moving mice. The goals of this project will be the development and fabrication of a miniaturized peripheral nerve array, as well as the validation of its safety and efficacy in a mouse disease model.
About the Scholarship:
RMIT University is the common name for the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, which is an Australian research university with its main campus located in Melbourne. The educational establishment is well-known across the globe for the high quality of the vocational and professional education, the applied research, and the several other services that it offers on its expansive campus. Francis Ormond began laying the groundwork for the institution in the year 1887. It started off as a night school where students may take classes in several disciplines, including art, science, and technology. The status of “public university” was bestowed upon the institution in the year 1992. RMIT University has almost 87,000 students enrolled at it on an annual basis, including 34,347 international students who study either onshore or offshore. Research also contributes $54.1 million to the university’s bottom line.
The institution has the 11th spot in the world ranking for the subject matter of art and design subjects. The primary campus of RMIT University can be found in the middle of Melbourne. As a result of its placement in the oldest part of the city, the campus carries a large amount of heritage importance. The institution also has a presence in Australia at two other locations: the Bundoora Campus and the Brunswick Campus. In addition to that, it possesses two campuses, two regional locations, and a center in Spain. Since that time, there have been a total of 87 buildings added to the campus. The absence of boundary barriers at RMIT University is one of the university’s defining characteristics. In total, the campus extends across six city blocks and covers an area of around 720,000 square meters. The alumni association of RMIT University has around 437,000 graduates who are currently employed in a total of 130 countries throughout the world. Charles Billich, a well-known Australian artist, James Wan, a movie director and writer, Lydia Lassila, an Australian winter Olympic gold winner, Jim Stynes, a well-known charity worker, and Felix Colgrave, an Australian animator, are among the university’s notable alumni. Mixed learning, which includes both online and face-to-face instruction, has been offered by RMIT for some time. Through Canvas, our online learning and instruction platform, students have the opportunity to participate in online lectures and tutorials, allowing for continuous education no matter the setting in which they find themselves. At RMIT, you will be a part of an active digital community, where members from all over the world can connect with one another and share their knowledge and experiences. Several of RMIT’s health, biomedical science, and engineering programs are housed in the Bundoora campus, which is situated on the northwestern suburbs of Melbourne.
Scholarship Sponsor(s): RMIT University
Scholarship Country: Australia
Scholarship Worth: $32,714
Study Level: PhD
Nationality: International Students
- 3 years, with the option of extending it to 3.5 years in the future
- A student’s stipend is calculated at $32,714 per year, for a total of $114,500 over the course of 3.5 years.
Eligibility for Scholarship.
The following are the requirements that candidates for this scholarship must meet:
- possess a degree with a grade comparable to or higher than a first class honors in a related field of bioengineering or electrical engineering.
- be a citizen of Australia, a permanent resident of Australia, or an overseas student who meets the requirements for a minimum level of English language proficiency;
- show evidence of your ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
- show that you have the ability to collaborate effectively with researchers from a variety of fields;
- meet RMIT’s entrance requirements for PhD
International students who have done well in school and want to start their first year at Montclair State University can apply for merit-based Presidential Scholarships. There is a lot of competition for Presidential Scholarships. Individual amounts vary and are given based on your high school performance, which can include, but is not limited to, your unweighted high school GPA, class rank, standardized tests (if you took them), and your international residency status.
The RMIT University 2022 PhD Scholarship in Developing Miniaturised Peripheral Nerve Interface Technology is open to all International Students
- If you are interested in applying for this position, please send the following materials to Prof. Flora Salim at [email protected], with a copy sent to [email protected]:
- a cover letter (research statement)
- a copy of electronic academic transcripts
- a curriculum vitae that lists any publications or honors received in addition to the names and contact information for two references.
- Evidence of English language competency might be needed from applicants who come from other countries.
The application deadline for RMIT University 2022 PhD Scholarship in Developing Miniaturised Peripheral Nerve Interface Technology is December 31, 2022