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Supervisors: Dr Nerys Astbury

Women who develop gestational diabetes (GDM) during pregnancy are at a much higher risk of adverse consequences during pregnancy and birth. These women are also at higher risk of developing type2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease later in life. However, other possible longer-term consequences associated with being diagnosed with GDM are not clear.

This DPhil project will provide an excellent opportunity for a student starting their research career to work within the NIHR School of Primary Care funded ELOPE-GDM. The ELOPE GDM project is exploring the long-term clinical, economic and psychological impact of being diagnosed with GDM.

There will be opportunity to work on a range of projects which can be tailored to specific interests including clinical outcomes, economic and cost modelling and qualitative analysis of the experiences of women who get GDM during pregnancy.

Training combines formal learning in research methods with hands-on experience conducting integrated research studies in epidemiology and analysis of routine healthcare records, health economics and cost effectiveness modelling and qualitative research methodologies exploring people’s experiences.

This project will advance what we know about the long-term effects of gestational diabetes.

Suitable for students include those with interest in (gestational) diabetes, women’s health, epidemiology and data science, health economics and qualitative research. Project will be tailored to the interests and skills of the student but might would be suitable for candidates from a range of backgrounds including: epidemiology, data science and machine learning, psychology, biomedical and biological sciences, we welcome interest from clinically qualified candidates interested in the field.