Arthritis Research UK Medical Research Council

PhD Study

CIMA hosts a unique programme, offering students multidisciplinary training in the processes and effects of ageing in the whole musculoskeletal system. Any further opportunities open to new students will be advertised on this page and via Find a PhD.

Funded CIMA PhD Studentship opportunity for September 2018 start:

Project Title: The impact of Zoledronate on inflammation and musculoskeletal ageing (University of Sheffield).

Supervisor: Prof Ilaria Bellantuono

For more information, please see:

To apply, please complete an application form and submit along with 2 page CV to by the 25th June 2018.

Funding Eligibility requirements:

Funded by the MRC/Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA). Students should have home or EU student status and have been 'ordinarily resident' in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship to be eligible for the full award (tuition fees, research support costs and a tax-free stipend at the Research Council rate). Please see RCUK terms and conditions. 

Candidates should have or expect to hold a first or upper second class honours degree in Biological Sciences or an equivalent degree. 

Examples of current PhD student projects

Project title Supervisors
Nutritional modulation of epigenetic signatures of musculoskeletal ageing. Dr Elizabeth Laird (Liverpool), Dr Hyang-Min Byun (Newcastle), Professor Peter Clegg (Liverpool)
Computational modelling to identify novel anti-inflammatory interventions to preserve musculoskeletal function in old mice. Professor Anne McArdle (Liverpool), Dr Lesley Iwanejko (Liverpool), Dr Carole Proctor (Newcastle), Dr Daryl Shanley (Newcastle)
Investigation of the effect of age-related methylation changes within enhancer regions on target gene expression using CRISPR-Ca9 technology. Dr Louise Reynard (Newcastle), Professor David Young (Newcastle), Professor George Bou-Gharios (Liverpool)
Do vitamin D and protein synergise with physical activity to enhance musculoskeletal health across ageing: a complex intervention? Dr Elizabeth Williams (Sheffield), Dr Bernard Corfe (Sheffield), Professor Emma Stevenson (Newcastle), Dr Thomas Hill (Newcastle)
Sarcopenic obesity and fracture risk: investigation of muscle phenotype, muscle function, gait and epigenetic effects of obesity on muscle and bone. Dr Jennifer Walsh (Sheffield), Dr Claudia Mazzà (Sheffield), Dr Daniel Cuthbertson (Liverpool), Dr Kasia Whysall (Liverpool)
Whole food approaches to enhance exercise recovery, muscle strength and functional performance in older adults. Professor Emma Stevenson (Newcastle), Dr Antoneta Granic (Newcastle), Professor Avan Sayer (Newcastle), Dr Elizabeth Williams (Sheffield), Dr Daniel Cuthbertson (Liverpool)
Modelling the mTOR pathway to optimise the effect of dietary restriction on the musculoskeletal system. Dr Daryl Shanley (Newcastle), Professor Ilaria Bellantuono (Sheffield), Professor Tom Kirkwood (Newcastle)
Are older people at increased risk of adverse physiological consequences of sedentary behaviour? Dr Daniel Cuthbertson (Liverpool), Professor Graham Kemp (Liverpool), Professor Michael Trenell (Newcastle)

To apply, please complete an application form and submit along with a 2 page CV...