Funded PhD opportunity in Melbourne: CMV and hearing loss

Term: 3y
Dates: Start February 2019
Contact Person: Dr Valerie Sung
Phone: 03 9345 4363

Funded PhD opportunity

Cheryl Jones (Head of Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne) and Valerie Sung (paediatrician, post-doctoral research fellow, MCRI) would like to offer a potential PhD candidate a 3-year full-time Deafness Foundation PhD scholarship to look into congenital CMV and hearing loss.

The PhD is based in Melbourne. The first part of this funded PhD already has ethics applied for, and we are looking for a candidate to start as soon as possible, preferably by February 2019.

Aims of PhD:
Determine the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of targeted newborn screening for cCMV in Victoria
Determine the prevalence and natural progression of sensorineural hearing loss and development in Australian children with cCMV using Victorian longitudinal cohorts
Develop a framework for evaluation of the benefits and harms of early antiviral therapy for cCMV in infants with sensorineural hearing loss in Australia.
Further details available upon request.

Please forward Valerie ( your CV and academic transcript ​if you are interested in this rare opportunity. PhDs do not usually automatically come with funding! ​

Please also ensure you are eligible for PhD enrolment:​


Dr Valerie Sung MBBS(Hons) FRACP MPH PhD
Paediatrician, Centre for Community Child Health and Department of General Medicine, The Royal Children's Hospital
NHMRC Early Career and RACP Cottrell Research Fellow, Prevention Innovation Group, Population Health, Murdoch Children's Research Institute
Senior Honorary Fellow, Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne

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