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PhD opportunities at the Department of Medicine

The effect of the gastrointestinal microflora on the effects and treatment of diabetes

We are seeking PhD students to join a multidisciplinary research group. Our group is studying the effect of the gastrointestinal microbiota on the effects and treatment of diabetes, in particular the effect of Helicobacter pylori colonisation. The research will be principally focused on H pylori but there will be opportunities to expand the investigation to other aspects of the microbiota. Our research combines molecular biological and clinical research to study patients with diabetes. Our particular focus is on ethnic differences and disparities in disease. Various projects are available. Most will involve the student being exposed to diverse techniques, enabling them to undertake multidisciplinary studies. The project is funded by the Health Research Council.


Dr Stephen Inns
Wellington School of Medicine, Department of Medicine


Dr Stephen Inns

Occupational and Aviation Medicine Unit

Aviation Medicine

  • Research into cabin environments and performance
  • Sleep and fatigue
  • Accident investigation
  • Health of flight attendants
  • Health promotion in aviation

Occupational Medicine

  • Shift work
  • Return to work and vocational rehabilitation
  • Work and Health as a theme

Aeromedical Retrieval & Transport

  • Fatigue in air ambulance operations


Dr Rob Griffiths, Programme Director

WellSleep Research Group

Potential topics

  • Energy balance in obstructive sleep apnoea- effects of treatment
  • Clinical trials of sleep products/devices
  • Cardiovascular outcomes in sleep apnoea
  • Monitoring of drowsiness
  • Familial relationships in obstructive sleep apnoea
  • Technological advances in sleep monitoring


Associate Professor Alister Neill

Dr Angela Campbell

Rehabilitation Research and Teaching Unit (RTRU)

  • Enabling participation for children with disabilities and their families
  • Therapist-family relationships in paediatric rehabilitation
  • Action research, mixed methods and service evaluation


Dr Fiona Graham