Enabling personalised cohort studies from large repositories of clinical practice data

Enabling personalised cohort studies from large repositories of clinical practice data

Faculty

Medicine and Health Sciences

Project Name

Enabling personalised cohort studies from large repositories of clinical practice data

Project Description

Rationale:  While clinicians provide treatment decisions for individual patients, traditional models of evidence are mostly based on averages over potentially heterogeneous populations, and often fail to represent patients with common comorbidities or medications. Since there are many circumstances under which treatments may work for some patients but not for others, this lack of personalisation results in inefficient and potentially unsafe care. 

Aims: We have received funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council to leverage the information contained in large, routinely collected health datasets, by enabling personalised cohort studies on demand. Findings from these studies can be used to crowdsource prioritisation of clinical questions in need of further evidence. They can also provide an avenue to discuss and support treatment recommendations at the point-of-care. This project will focus on the integration of observational studies with clinical trial data and findings.

Other important information: A scholarship is available for a full time PhD student to undertake research in this area. Applicants are expected to: (a) have a degree in Computer Sciences, Physics, Mathematics, or equivalent area; (b) have expertise in computational statistics and data analytics; and (c) have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience.

Contact

Dr Blanca Gallego Luxan
Blanca.gallegoluxan@mq.edu.au
+61 2 9850 1608

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake a direct entry 3 year PhD program.

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • The iMQRTP full-time stipend rate is $27,082 per annum (in 2018 tax exempt, for up to 3 years (indexed annually)
  • The scholarship is comprised of a Tuition Fee Offset and a Living Allowance Stipend.

Applicants will need to complete a HDR Candidature and Scholarship Online Application Form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office. The application form and further information can be found on the Application page.   

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity, awards and/or prizes in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the  Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines. Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application in the Scholarships section of your application.

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