Join Nobel Laureate, Prof Barry Marshall and his team at UWA on their project to develop an acoustic belt that records gut noises over time so doctors can accurately diagnose and monitor digestive disorders and diseases.
Our aim is to reduce the need for costly and uncomfortable invasive tests such as colonoscopies. Our current focus is to develop a test for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), which affects 11% of people globally. The team have already acheived proof-of-concept (see Gastroenterology 05/2018; 154(6):S-1370-S-1371 or http://bit.ly/DDWePoster).
Your project will focus on the design, execution and anlysis of further diagnostic test accuracy studies. Depending on your interests, the project could also expand into evaluation of IBS treatments using the belt and microbiome analysis, or health care analysis and the evaluation of the economic and social costs of IBS.
We are seeking an outstanding candidate, medically trained or trained in health sciences with an interest in chronic gut disorders and/or the development and testing of diagnostic devices.
Suitable candidates will have a background in medicine (General Practice or Gastroenterology) or in biostatistics. An understanding of statistical measures of the validity and reliability of diagnostic and screening tests would be highly valuable.
We will support the ideal candidate in their application for either an International Research Training Program Scholarship or Australian Research Training Program Scholarship, and the Penfold Family Marshall Centre PhD Top-Up Scholarship (see http://bit.ly/PenfoldSchol).