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Bogue Research Fellowships

University of Wisconsin at Madison

Generous fellowships to support graduate students and post docs working in the Life and Biomedical Sciences to visit North America

Charlotte and Yule Bogue Research Fellowships
In honour of Sir Charles Lovatt Evans and A.J. Clark
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The Bogue Fellowships are provided by a bequest from the late James Yule Bogue, a former Research Fellow in the Department of Physiology and one time Deputy Chairman of the Pharmaceuticals Division of ICI. They are available to postgraduate research students and to postdoctoral researchers, normally within 6 years of receiving a doctoral degree, working in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.

The fellowships support visits to carry out research in laboratories in the USA and Canada in order ‘to enrich the research experience and help develop the scientific career of the Fellow’. The duration of the Fellowship needs to be well justified in relation to the time needed to do the proposed work. Recent awards have ranged from a few weeks to 6 months. Requests for up to 12 months will be considered if well justified. Applications will also be considered for attendance at advanced, intensive, high quality laboratory-based courses at Cold Spring Harbor, Woods Hole and similar centres. The bequest will not fund attendance at other types of scientific conference or meeting.

Applications for Bogue fellowships are open! This is a great opportunity for PhD students and post docs to travel to carry out research projects in labs or to attend laboratory based workshops or training courses in North America.   Deadline for current round: 3.00pm, 24th April 2017
Deadlines for 2017 application rounds

24th April 2017 (applications must be received by 3.00pm on this day)

27th October 2017

Applications are assessed on scientific merit by the selection panel. The current success rate is around 60%.

The awards panel: (click through for research profile)

For informal enquiries please contact Jane Inge (j.inge@ucl.ac.uk) or Michael Duchen (m.duchen@ucl.ac.uk).

Testimonials and List of Fellowship Recipients

PhD Student in Psychology and Linguistics. Cortical Mechanisms in visual attention of typical and atypically developing infants.

Visited the University of California, San Diego, for four weeks in 2013.

Thanks to a Bogue Fellowship I had the opportunity to visit a research lab in San Diego, California to learn how to use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) to study the development of the brain in children between 5 and 10 years of age. To investigate the development of attention I converted an attention paradigm that I had previously used with infants in UCL into a touch screen game that kids enjoyed playing. The test involved the child touching targets that appeared on a screen as quickly as possible. The results showed a significant reduction in reaction time over this age range. The research I carried out will be an interesting chapter for my PhD thesis. My visit to an American university allowed me to get an insight to the academic system, by experiencing the way in which postgraduate students and researchers work in the US and by meeting renowned scientists. Living in America for a month was a great experience and it was fascinating to learn about cultural differences between the US and the UK and to enjoy experiences like festivals, visits to historic old towns, an encounter with a rattle snake in the wilderness, great Californian beaches and sampling “Animal-fries” (chips with additional cheese and cream sauce on top).

It was a great opportunity for me to gain insight into the difficulties of using MRI and DTI with young children to explore the development of the brain. I am very thankful for the Bogue Fellowship that enabled me to gather this invaluable experience.

PhD Student at UCL ICH. Human papilloma virus in Children combined immunodeficiency syndrome.

Visited the University of Madison Wisconsin for four months, 2013.

I was awarded a Bogue Fellowship in November 2013 which paid for a five month stay at UW Madison. My stay in Madison was very productive and I learned a variety of new techniques and gained interesting insight in the research done in my host laboratory. Moreover, I was lucky that my hosting supervisor organized a conference in Madison during my stay and paid for my attendance there which gave me further insight into the research done in my field.

I also used some of the money provided by the fellowship to travel in the US. Prior to my arrival, I spent a week in New York which was a really great experience. The weekend of the 4th July I visited Chicago and enjoyed the famous Chicago deep dish pizza and hot dogs and of course I also didn’t miss the great fireworks for the Independence Day celebrations.

My stay in the US was not only a very productive in respect my work done in the laboratory but it was also a valuable experience on a personal level and an opportunity that I really don’t want to miss.

PhD student in Cognative Neuroscience and Neuropsychiatry at the UCL ICH. Learned advanced neuroimaging techinques to investigate patterns of functional plasticity in typically and atypically developing brains in children.

Visited the Children's National Medical Centre, Washington, for 3 months, 2011.

I was awarded a Bogue Research Fellowship in the first year of my PhD to visit a research group in Washington DC, who specialised in research methods crucial for my own work.

Three months flew by; I learnt new analysis techniques, shadowed neurologists and neuropsychologists, presented work at lab meetings, attended training sessions, visited the National Institutes of Health and participated in clinical meetings. However, what I found most valuable was the opportunity to experience working in a different setting, with new colleagues. Adapting to a new environment built my confidence as an independent researcher; it forced me to take on new responsibilities, showed me new ways of thinking, and pushed me beyond my comfort zone.

My experiences outside the lab were just as enriching and rewarding. I had the opportunity to experience living in another country, which meant moving beyond the usual tourist sites and getting a real feel for American culture.

Overall I’d say the Bogue Research Fellowship was the most valuable part of my PhD, and certainly the sharpest learning curve! Although I started out with the intention of performing only a time-limited research project, my work with the group in DC expanded and ended up spanning the duration of my PhD, including several trips back to different parts of the states. I now have a published manuscript in one of the top neurology journals as a direct result of the Bogue Fellowship (a critical addition to my CV!). Crucially, the professional relationships fostered by this Fellowship have continued, and I still receive valuable input, guidance and inspiration from my American supervisors (Dr Gaillard and Dr Berl), who I hope to work with for many more years to come.

Andreas Chardimou The Bogue fellowship gave me a unique opportunity for further research in a world-leading laboratory on a topic that is central to my PhD thesis: cerebral amyloid angiopathy, a common disease of the small vessels in the brain that causes haemorrhage and cognitive decline. The Bogue scheme supported me spending two months in the Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy research laboratory in Harvard Medical School (USA), the world-wide recognized leading authority on the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of cerebral amyloid angiopathy. During this time I had access to this group’s unique breadth of expertise, data and facilities in order to undertake a specific research project. The overall aim of the project was to explore novel imaging markers of cerebral amyloid angiopathy using MRI and pathology data of patients. My time there was extremely fruitful and productive and established a collaboration and links with this group and UCL far beyond the current project. I believe this fellowship is a valuable opportunity for young researchers to pursue their academic careers, and to transfer new skills. I feel that the whole experience had a big impact in further developing my career, making new friends and collaborators, and overall enriching my PhD research.

November 2015:   Recipients of Bogue Research Fellowships

The Bogue Research Fellowship Committee, Life Sciences Faculty, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Bogue Fellowship (November 2015 application round). 

Richard Adams, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Psyciatry, Psychiatry/ICN – 3 months with Dr Alan Anticevic, Yale School of Medicine, to learn to model how alterations in synaptic gain in specific cell types affect working memory and how these alterations might be detected using EEG and fMRI.

Ross Harper, PhD student with Dr Joerg Albert, Ear Institute – 7 weeks with Professor Gari Clifford, Emory University, to develop the skills needed to build a stochastic model of mechanosensory input to the Drosophila clock.

Lars Hubatsch, PhD student with Dr Nathan Goehring, The Francis Crick Institute -   4 weeks at the Sante Fe Complex Systems Summer School, Sante Fe Institute.

Alvena Kureshi, Research Associate with Professor Julie Daniels, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology – 8 weeks with Professor James Zieske, Harvard Medical School, to use a 3D culture  model to improve understanding of the physiology that governs corneal transparency to direct development of tissue-engineered corneal equivalents.

Richard Miles, PhD student with Professor Greg Towers, Infection & Immunity – 3 months with Professor Robert Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, to learn fluorescence in situ hybridisation.

Branca Teixeira Pires Pereira, PhD student with Professor Arne Akbar, Infection & Immunity  – 6 weeks with Professor Judith Campisi, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, San Francisco, to gain a deeper understanding of the mechanisms regulating the expression of certain ligands in senescent cells. 

Birgit Pimpel, PhD student with Professor Torsten Baldeweg, UCL Institute of Child Health – 5 months with Professor Jean Gotman, McGill University, to gain knowledge in developing and applying modern neurophysiological and imaging methods to the diagnosis of focal epilepsy.

Eric Schulz, PhD student with Dr Maarten Speekenbrink, Experimental Psychology – 3 months with  Professor Sam J Gershman, Harvard University and Professor Joshua B Tenenbaum, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to further develop and test a computational model of how people learn non-parametric functional representations.

PhD student in Professor Fitzgerald’s lab: Bogue Fellowship 2013


The Bogue scholarship enabled me to spend three months at Duke University, North Carolina in the research lab of Dr Ru-Rong Ji. The Ji lab specialises in identifying mechanisms that underlie chronic pain, specifically associated with glia cells in the spinal cord.  My aim was to learn quantitative real time PCR (qPCR) and mouse behaviour to identify and compare the expression of glial markers and pro- and anti-inflammatory mediators in the dorsal horn spinal cord of mice following adult and neonatal nerve injury.

Aim of Study:

To discover the mechanisms that underlie the delayed onset mechanical hypersensitivity following early life nerve injury.

Although nerve injury in adults can result in neuropathic pain, this does not occur in young rat pups (Howard et al., 2005; Moss et al., 2007; Costigan et al., 2009) or human infants and young children (Anand and Birch, 2002; Walco et al., 2010).  However, we have recently shown that peripheral nerve injury in infant rats does lead to a delayed onset mechanical hypersensitivity, that only manifests in preadolescence (Vega-Avelaira et al., 2012), since confirmed in mice (McKelvey, unpublished). Since the median age of onset of neuropathic pain syndromes in paediatric patients is 13 years (see Walco et al., 2010), this model may provide important insights into the mechanisms underlying these pain conditions.

The visit was an overwhelming success and I now have data that will contribute to a publication in a high impact journal and contribute greatly to my PhD thesis.  In 2014 we successfully submitted a joint paper between the labs to the journal of neuroscience.

My Cultural Experience in the USA

In addition to developing new skills in the lab I took time to explore North Carolina and a city I have always wanted to visit, Chicago. In North Carolina I visited the Museum of Art as well as enjoying walks and treks around the surrounding countryside. I also participated in community activities with the local church. On my trip to Chicago I did a free architectural tour around Millennium Park. I also went up the Willis tower and onto a suspended glass box at the Skydeck Chicago observatory that was more than 1,000 feet in the sky.

Ji Lab The Bean Chicago
 The Ji lab, Duke. NC                               The Bean, Chicago. IL

I was awarded the Bogue Research Fellowship in May 2014, during the third year of my PhD. The Bogue Fellowship allowed me to visit the offices of Dassault Systemes Simulia located in Fremont, California (USA), one of the most important companies for computational simulations for engineering applications. During my visit between September and December 2014, I was involved in the development and evaluation of a computational model of the human heart (The Living Heart Project), which is implemented in Abaqus FEA, the software suite for finite element analysis and computer-aided engineering developed by Dassault Systemes Simulia. The Living Heart Project is a complex, multiphysics model which includes a “complete 3D view of electrical impulses and muscle-fibre contractions able to replicate the true motion of the human heart”.

During my internship I had the opportunity to study the current heart model and to use it for valuable applications to test implantation and performance of two cardiovascular devices: pacemaker leads and coronary stents.

This experience in California was my very first working experience in America, allowing me to come in contact with the research performed outside academia. I was lucky enough to find friendly American colleagues who involved me not only in working activities but also in social events. Moreover, I took the chance to travel across California, from Yosemite National Park, to Monterey and Santa Cruz. I found not only wonderful landscape but also amazing people I doubt I can forget.

I am very thankful to the Bogue Fellowship that enabled me to enrich my professional and personal life.

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