Identifying Predictors of Death in Patients with Epileptic and Psychogenic Seizures

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Future
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Terence O'Brien obrientj@unimelb.edu.au 8344 5490
Dr. Anne Mcintosh vcropley@unimelb.edu.au

Project Details

To link databases of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of Melbourne Epilepsy Centres with the National Death Index and National Coroners Database to determine who has died and the cause of death, and to identify risk factors.

Project Description

Patients with epilepsy have at least 4 fold increased risk of death, with one of the most common cases being sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) which is up to 40 times more common than age and sex matched people without epilepsy.

Identifying patients at risk of premature death is one of the major challenges for the field, so that interventions can been applied to reduce the incidence of this tragic consequence of this common condition. This internationally unique study will link the databases containing detailed clinical and psychosocial data from patients seen in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of the Royal Melbourne, The Alfred, The Austin and St. Vincent’s over 2 decades with the National Death Index and National Coroners Database to determine who has died, the cause of death and identify risk factors.

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the supervisor to discuss your options.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital