PhD4GAME

The programme aims to provide an extra layer of support to help accelerate research project activity between institutions through shared PhD training. The PhD4GAME program would focus on bi- and tri-lateral exchanges between member institutions. 

Optimizing precision medicine in geriatrics:

Establishing biomarkers for clinical risk and prognosis assessment in the context of musculoskeletal health (sarcopenia・frailty) due to aging

Summary

Supervisory Team

Supervisor team at KUM/LMU:

Prof. Dr. med. Michael Drey & Dr. med. Uta Ferrari & Prof. Dr. Matthias Kroiß at University hospital of Munich, and Prof. Dr. Ulrich Mansmann, Director of The Institute for Medical Information Processing, Biometry, and Epidemiology


Supervisor team at Monash University:

Prof. John McNeil


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Our research aims to identify the biomarkers and their combinations to early detect and prevent the incidence, progression and poor prognosis from aging-induced disorders, such as sarcopenia and frailty.


We longitudinally analyze the clinical data from geriatric cohorts, especially in endocrinologic and neural areas, with biostatistical and epidemiological approach.


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Professional development opportunities / programme(s) to be offered

The PhD thesis are embedded in different programmes such as


  1. MeCuM Science: Establishment of a new longitudinal science curriculum, which is to contribute significantly to the profile formation of the faculty. The PhD candidate will also co-mentor and co-supervise candidates from medicine in their research module as internship and in their work of a structured doctoral thesis program for developing soft skills as leader of a working group.

  2. Munich Medical Research School (MMRS): Structured programs for highly qualified doctorate students in order to promote high-quality research and innovative programs.


Find a curriculum with a basis structure covering GCP and soft skills like design clinical trial/research, write, submit and publish papers and subject specific skills by a cloverleaf structure of courses that are for the specific development such as skills about analyzing large clinical (trial) data by internship in the Munich school of data science and co-supervision by the leader of the institute of (Prof. Mannsmann)


The following programmes will support the PhD candidate at the University hospital of the LMU:


  1. Munich Clinician Scientist Program (MSCP) provides physicians with optimal conditions for combining a scientific and clinical career in close cooperation with the MMRS

  2. FöFoLe: National Funding Program to support excellent research and innovative programs (MMRS, MSCP) to improve medical education (Faculty Level)

  3. LMU Research Fellowship: Excellent Support for Outstanding Postdocs from all fields of research (University Level, open to all disciplines)


Occupations, lifestyle and cancer risk in the elderly

Summary

Supervisory Team

Prof. John McNeil (Monash University)


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ASPREE began as a large community-based randomized controlled trial of aspirin in the healthy elderly. In total, 19,114 community-dwelling Americans and Australians aged 70 years and over were recruited between 2010 and 2014. All participants were followed annually for a median of 4.7 years, with rigorous assessment of their physical and cognitive function and quality of life, and dementia, disability, death, cancer and cardiovascular event ascertainment and adjudication of events. Most Australian ASPREE participants have completed questionnaires about many aspects of their health, including their lifestyle and occupational.


The opportunity exists for a PhD student to use this data to explore the impact of different occupational categories and lifestyle choices on health and disability amongst those over 70. Since the data is mostly available, the training provided will be largely in areas of data management, biostatistics, grant writing, epidemiology and publication.


Particular emphasis will be placed on opportunities to work with a broad range of US and European collaborators and to participate in professional opportunity training available within the Monash School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine and also while on exchange at the host institution.


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Professional development opportunities / programme(s) to be offered

The PhD student will be granted a travel bursary of up to $10,000 to travel on exchange to continue their research for up to 3 months at one of the GAME consortium of Universities (based either in Hong Kong, Seoul, Nottingham, Rotterdam, Munich or Bologna).


The professional development opportunities that will be available at Monash University for the PhD student who is coming to Monash to undertake their 3 months of exchange (Monash being the host institution) include:


  1. Professional development in leadership

  2. Entrepreneurship

  3. Project management

  4. Budgeting

  5. Team building


Predictors of cancer resilience in older populations

Summary

Supervisory Team

Prof. John McNeil (Monash University)


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ASPREE began as a large community-based randomized controlled trial of aspirin in the healthy elderly. In total, 19,114 community-dwelling Americans and Australians aged 70 years and over were recruited between 2010 and 2014. All participants were followed annually for a median of 4.7 years, with rigorous assessment of their physical and cognitive function and quality of life, and dementia, disability, death, cancer and cardiovascular event ascertainment and adjudication of events.


An opportunity exists for the PhD student to explore the reasons why cancer is continuing to predominate as a cause of death in older Australians and Americans. Extensive information is available within the cohort on genomic, lifestyle and clinical predictors of malignancy, allowing contrasts to be made between those remaining cancer free until old-age and those developing cancer early. Since the data is mostly available, the training provided will be largely in areas of data management, biostatistics, grant writing, epidemiology and publication.


Particular emphasis will be placed on opportunities to work with a broad range of US and European collaborators and to participate in professional opportunity training available within the Monash School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine and also while on exchange at the host institution.


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Professional development opportunities / programme(s) to be offered

The PhD student will be granted a travel bursary of up to $10,000 to travel on exchange to continue their research for up to 3 months at one of the GAME consortium of Universities (based either in Hong Kong, Seoul, Nottingham, Rotterdam, Munich or Bologna).


The professional development opportunities that will be available at Monash University for the PhD student who is coming to Monash to undertake their 3 months of exchange (Monash being the host institution) include:


  1.  Professional development in leadership

  2. Entrepreneurship

  3. Project management

  4. Budgeting

  5. Team building


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