GenIMPACT – Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine – NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence

GenIMPACT – Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine – NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence

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Opening Date

10 Sep 2018 12am AEST 

Closing Date

01 Nov 2020 12am AEDT 

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GenIMPACT – Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine.

NHMRC Centre for Research Excellence – PhD stipend

GenIMPACT is a newly established centre that undertakes innovative economic research on the impact of genomic testing and targeted therapy on patients and their families. GenIMPACT is participating in the NHMRC funded Centre for Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD). The CRE-NCD team comprises researchers and clinicians in neurogenetics research, genomics, bioinformatics, functional analysis, health economics and clinical practice.

The NHMRC has provided a PhD stipend for a project to investigate the cost effectiveness of triaging access to WGS and WES: Australia and the UK. Early genomic diagnosis is critical due to the degenerative nature of some disorders, the potential for effective treatment in a proportion of cases during a critical window of development and the importance to families in understanding the likelihood of recurrence and reproductive planning. The capacity to triage patients most likely to have a condition that has a genetic cause could play an important role in maximising the cost effectiveness of genomic testing.

This PhD research program will focus on the benefits to the individual and society of genomic diagnostics and the most cost-effective mechanisms for their delivery. Links to other PhD projects across the CRE will be encouraged. This research could identify those patients most likely to benefit from early access to genomic sequencing, with a potential concomitant increase in the diagnostic rate and cost effectiveness of the use of Whole genome sequencing (WGS) and whole exome sequencing (WES).

Department: Centre for Economic Impacts of Genomic Medicine: GenIMPACT


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

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 in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Scholarship Components

The scholarship is comprised of the Tuition Fee Offset funded by the Research Training Program (RTP) and a Stipend funded by the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence in Neurocognitive Disorders (CRE-NCD).

The value and tenure of the scholarship is:

  • RTP Tuition Fee Offset; and
  • Stipend (living allowance)

This scholarship provides a full-time stipend currently valued at AUD $28,092 per annum, tax exempt (2020 rates). The scholarship has been approved for a maximum of 3 years.

In addition to the stipend, Macquarie University provides approximately $10,000 over the course of the PhD for research related activities (data collection/purchase, travel to present at conferences, training, copy editing, thesis production etc).

Contact Details

Name: Professor Deborah Schofield (via PA Philippa Smith)
Phone: +61-2-9850-4882

How to Apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Office of HDR Training and Partnerships. Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.

Applicants who are currently enrolled in an MQ HDR program or applicants who hold a Macquarie University candidature offer LESS than 12 months old:

  • Complete and submit the HDR Application for Scholarship Only form (available on the OHDRTP Forms) and include supporting documentation, such as:
    • any additional information or research output since original application and commencement
    • updated CV
    • offer letter and/or research student profile
  • Indicate the reference under the scholarship details question
  • Email the application to in ONE pdf document and MUST indicate in the subject line the MQ ID, full name and reference
  • Request their referees to send the Academic Referee Reports directly to

While current candidates are eligible to apply, any consumed prior enrolment will be counted as advanced standing and will reduce the maximum scholarship duration offered.

Please note, at the start of your application you should select the scholarship type of "HDR Project/Supervisor Specific Scholarship".

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