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Prospective Students

The goal of the NIH Oxford-Cambridge (OxCam) Scholars Program is to create, foster, and advance unique and collaborative research opportunities between NIH laboratories and laboratories at the University of Oxford or the University of Cambridge. Each OxCam Scholar develops a collaborative research project that will constitute his/her doctoral training. Each Scholar also select two mentors – one at the NIH and one in the UK – who work together to guide the Scholar throughout the research endeavor.

Students may select from two categories of projects: Self-designed or Prearranged. OxCam Scholars may create a self-designed project, which enables students to develop a collaborative project tailored to his/her specific scientific interests by selecting one NIH mentor and one UK mentor with expertise in the desired research area(s). Alternatively, students may select a prearranged project provided by NIH and/or UK Investigator(s) willing to mentor an OxCam Scholar in their lab.

Self-designed Projects: Students may create a novel (or de novo) project based on their unique research interests. Students have the freedom to contact any PI at NIH or at Oxford or Cambridge to build a collaboration from scratch. The NIH Intramural Research Program (IRP) represents a community of approximately 1,200 tenured and tenure-track investigators providing a wealth of opportunity to explore a wide variety of research interests. Students may visit https://irp.nih.gov to identify NIH PIs performing research in the area of interest. For additional tips on choosing a mentor, please visit our Training Plan.

Prearranged Projects: Investigators at NIH or at Oxford or Cambridge have voluntarily offered collaborative project ideas for NIH OxCam Scholars. These projects are provided below and categorized by research area, NIH Institute/Center, and University. In some cases, a full collaboration with two mentors is already in place. In other instances, only one PI is identified, which allows the student to select a second mentor to complete the collaboration. Please note that prearranged project offerings are continuously updated throughout the year and are subject to change.

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Category:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Project:

Exploring health research study design and community-based research perceptions

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Institute or Center:
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UK Mentor:

Prof. Trudie Lang

University:
Oxford
Project Details:

Our group works to enable health research in diseases, communities and settings where evidence to enable prevention, treatment and management of devasting burdens to health are woefully lacking. Our research sets out to understand how research methods, processes, skills and implementation could happen better, and be locally-led, in the most underserved regions across the globe. Our approaches are typically participatory, mixed-methods action research. This could be exploring health research study design, or how to work with the community to tackle perceptions about research and how to overcome these.

We work with health research teams and health workers across Africa, Asia and Latin America and work together to look closely at the challenges they are experiencing in the design, set-up, operational delivery and reporting of their research. We seek to work with them to identify better methods and approaches. We work in delivering skills training and capacity development and we also use digital technology and want to use advances in machine learning to drive equity in access to knowledge so that researchers, wherever they are, have access to the same quality and volume of training and resources.

Undertaking a DPhil with us could involve clinical trial design, or the application of AI in healthcare. It could have a social science or health economic component. Our DPhil projects always involve working in partnership with our collaborators in the Global South, and therefore travel and capturing data in those settings would be very likely. All our research is about tackling the inequity about where health research happens, who leads and who benefits from the data.

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Category:
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Project:

Changes in diet and related health behaviours across adolescence and early adulthood

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National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
NIH Mentor:

Dr. Leah Lipsky

University:
Cambridge
Project Details:

Adolescence and early adulthood are important developmental periods when young people develop health-related habits that are likely to persist through their adult life. This is also a period when health inequalities emerge, as young people finish their education and enter the labour market, developing their individual socioeconomic position. Improving our understanding of the factors that contribute to the development of diet, related health behaviours, and health inequalities over this life stage will help to identify targets for public health policy and intervention.

We currently know little about the factors which influence changes in health behaviours over the transition from secondary education into further education and employment. This PhD project will focus on this question through analysis of data from the US-based NEXT Generation Health Study and from the UK-based DEBEAT study, applying epidemiological methods to assess changes in health behaviours (diet, physical activity and sleep) through adolescence and early adulthood, analyse dynamic relationships between different behaviours, and investigate how differences in these patterns of development between different groups of the population contribute to health inequalities.

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