Treatment of brain injury in growth restricted newborns

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

Fetal growth restriction is where a baby fails to grow normally in the womb. The fetal brain is vulnerable to this condition and life-long disabilities in these infants include schooling and behavioural issues through to cerebral palsy. Currently there is no treatment to protect the growth restricted newborn from these adverse outcomes. This project will examine promising treatments to protect the growth restricted newborn brain. This research will greatly assist in the development and implication of treatments to improve life-long outcomes for growth restricted children.

A PhD opportunity is available for a student with an Honours/Masters degree in neuroscience, biochemistry, molecular biology or a related field to join the Perinatal Research Centre, UQ Centre for Clinical Research. The successful candidate will work on an exciting research project focused on neuroprotective therapies to reduce adverse brain outcomes following fetal growth restriction in a preclinical large animal model of growth restriction.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Dr Julie Wixey

Faculty of Medicine


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of developmental biology would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of neuroscience, biochemistry, or molecular biology and the potential for scholastic success.

The successful PhD candidate will utilise techniques including magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), electroencephalogram (EEG), behavioural testing, immunohistochemistry, ELISAs, and quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Previous work with animals is desired but not essential.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2026. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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