Does stress contribute to epilepsy?
- Research Opportunity
- PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
- Project Status
- Medicine and Radiology
- Royal Melbourne Hospital
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Chronic stress is strongly linked to the development of psychiatric disturbances, such as depression and anxiety disorders. Interestingly, these disorders are prevalent in a high proportion of people suffering from epilepsy. Recent literature suggests that environmental exposures such as stress may also contribute to the development of epilepsy.
This project aims to investigate this hypothesis, with a parallel focus on anxiety and depression-like behaviour. Using rodent models, this study will determine whether exposure to repeated stressful situations, either early in life or in adulthood, leads to a vulnerability to limbic epilepsy. It will also study whether psychiatric disturbances are enhanced in subjects who have experienced the stress. The second stage of the project will investigate molecular and plasticity changes which occur after epilepsy to determine whether the stress can influence such parameters as stress receptor expression and neurogenesis.
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PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science Graduate Research Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other Graduate Research requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research
For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.