Non-Invasive Imaging of High-Flow Arteriovenous Intracranial Shunts

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Roland Bammer Personal web page
Prof Patricia Desmond Personal web page

Project Details

Intracranial arteriovenous lesions– i.e. dural arteriovenous fistulas (DAVFs) and arteriovenous malformations (AVMs) - are important, treatable causes of long-term neurological disability and potentially of death. These lesions are characterized by a direct passage (shunting) of blood from arteries to veins. The goal of this NIH-funded trial is to use non-invasive imaging methods to detect shunting lesions. In addition to diagnosis, a key aspect of the study will be the characterization of different drainage patterns necessary for treatment planning, risk stratification and prognostication.

This research project will provide students with a rich learning exposure to nascent neuroimaging methods, normal and abnormal intracranial vasculature and in-depth access to high-end data analysis in a brand-new research facility at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. Active participation in publication in top-tier peer-reviewed journals is expected.

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


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Key Contact

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


Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital