Support, Supervision and Leadership



Between 2022 and 2023 (i.e. two cohorts) we will be recruiting three fully funded students each year.  The studentships are funded by Epilepsy Research Insitute UK in partnership with the College of Medicine & Veterinary Medicine and Simons Initiative for the Developing Brain.  The studentships are fully funded for 3 years and provide:

  • tuition fees
  • student stipend
  • contribution to research costs
  • travel to scientific meetings
  • Research and transferrable skills training



You will be hosted within the group/laboratory of the Principal Investigators for your specific PhD Project.  Students will have a thesis committee which would include their PhD supervisors, DTC leaders, and an independent thesis chair.


ERI-DTC Leadership

This DTC in childhood-onset epilepsies will be led by internationally recognised leaders in fundamental, clinical and human research.


Professor Richard F. Chin (ERI-DTC Co-Director)

Prof Chin is Chair of Paediatric Neurology and Clinical Epidemiology, and clinical director for the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre



Professor Catherine Abbott  (ERI-DTC Co-Director)

Prof Abbott is Chair of Mammalian Molecular Genetics and has a wealth of experience in running postgraduate training programmes.  

E-mail: C.


Professor Michael Cousin

Prof Cousin is Chair of Neuronal Cell Biology, preclinical director of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, and Chair of the Scientific Committee of Epilepsy Research Institute UK.  


E-mail: M.