HDR Scholarship - Antipsychotic Use and Bone

Applications now open. A PhD scholarship is available to initiate and conduct research on the topic 'Antipsychotic Use and Bone'.


Geelong Waurn Ponds

Research topic

Antipsychotics are among the most commonly used medications, and their use for schizophrenia and related conditions tends to be lifelong commencing in early adulthood. While there is emerging evidence that antipsychotics are noxious to bone, the extent of this risk, which agents are most implicated, and the pathways underlying this risk are poorly understood.

Project aim

To clarify operative mechanisms, we plan to investigate whether different antipsychotic agents influence human osteoclast and osteoblast differentiation and function in vitro, and embryonic bone formation and adult bone microstructure in vivo.

Important dates

Applications close 5pm, Thursday 25 February 2021


This scholarship is available over 3 years.

  • Stipend of $28,092 per annum tax exempt (2020 rate)
  • Relocation allowance of $500-1500 (for single to family) for students moving from interstate or overseas

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible you must:

  • be a domestic candidate (domestic includes candidates with Australian Citizenship, Australian Permanent Residency or New Zealand Citizenship).
  • meet Deakin's PhD entry requirements
  • be enrolling full time and hold an honours degree (first class) or an equivalent standard master's degree with a substantial research component.

Please refer to the research degree entry pathways page for further information.

How to apply

Learn more about submitting a successful application on the How to apply page.


Contact us

For more information about this scholarship, please contact Associate Professor Lana Williams

A/Prof. Lana Williams
Associate Professor
Email Lana Williams
+61 4215 3303

Dr Jason Hodge
Email Jason Hodge
+61 3 522 71174