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Development and evaluation of a consumer driven education toolkit for polygenic risk scores

This project is closed for international students.

Project summary

Translational Research Institute
Research area
Education, Health sciences, Psychology

Project description

Personalised disease risk prediction models that combine the effects of genetic (e.g. polygenic risk scores (PRS)) with non-genetic risk factors are now becoming increasingly available through research studies and commercial genetic testing companies. These models aim to identify individuals at higher disease risk who may benefit from preventative health interventions.

However, despite commercial availability, there is little implementation research and there are no guidelines on how to provide this test in clinical practice. This project aims to develop a toolkit to support the implementation of personalised disease risk prediction, that includes training for healthcare providers and patient resources.

Findings from the study will provide guidance regarding optimal risk communication and a pathway for the successful implementation of personalised risk information.


This is an Earmarked scholarship project that aligns with a recently awarded Australian Government grant.

The scholarship includes:

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • your tuition fees covered
  • single overseas student health cover (OSHC).

Learn more about the Earmarked scholarship.


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis taking into account your:

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

Working knowledge of genetic counselling, polygenic risk scores and health education would be beneficial.

You'll demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of genetic counselling, psychology or health education and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of polygenic risk scores is highly desirable.

This project would ideally be suited to a genetic counsellor with working knowledge of polygenic risk scores. Alternatively, someone with experience in psychology, implementation science or health education.

How to apply

This project requires candidates to commence no later than Research Quarter 1, 2024. To allow time for your application to be processed, we recommend applying no later than 30 September, 2023 30 June, 2023.

You can start in an earlier research quarter. See application dates.

Before you apply

  1. Check your eligibility for the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
  2. Prepare your documentation.
  3. Contact Dr Tatiane Yanes ( to discuss your interest and suitability.

When you apply

You apply for this scholarship when you submit an application for a PhD. You don’t need to submit a separate scholarship application.

In your application ensure that under the ‘Scholarships and collaborative study’ section you select:

  • My higher degree is not collaborative
  • I am applying for, or have been awarded a scholarship or sponsorship
  • UQ Earmarked Scholarship type.

Apply now