Current MRC-Sackler PhD Students

What the students say:-

2018 Intake

“The course is a truly unique opportunity to enjoy a year of research and learning with complete freedom. One can spend time in world class labs specialising in the full spectrum of science from sub-cellular to clinical trial, and it is possible to work on an equally wide spectrum of projects, including large scale multinational endeavours and preliminary exploratory studies.” - Oliver Gale-Grant


2017 Intake

“I found the rotations extremely helpful in aiding the selection of a PhD project that I would find challenging and enjoyable, they allowed me to expand my skillset and experience a clinical environment. The CDN is a very friendly and inclusive place to be doing a PhD; there is very much a community attitude to science and everyone is more than happy to help each other.” - Hannah Bruce.

“Doing at least one clinical rotation and one basic rotation is very helpful, and gives you an opportunity to examine translational neurodevelopment from different perspectives. Very supportive environment, especially from the course coordinators!” - Daphna Fenchel

"I used the short-term placement grant to visit collaborators at the Hospital for Sick Kids in Toronto for one month where I was able to learn the methodological processes involved in Genome-Wide Association studies and their importance in uncovering genetic associations in neurodevelopmental conditions such as Epilepsy. It was a great opportunity to gain connections and develop skills from experts outside of my lab and the CNDD as well as visit an amazing city!" - Amy Shakeshaft

Amy against Toronto skyline