Antidepressants in epilepsy

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Nigel Jones Personal web page

Project Details

Patients with epilepsy also frequently suffer from psychiatric disorders such as depression. As a consequence, many patients receive antidepressants to mitigate these mood disorders. While these are generally effective, the influence of antidepressants on the severity of the epilepsy in patients, and on the risk of developing epilepsy, has been little studied.

Our provocative recent data suggest that antidepressants actually promote the development of epilepsy, which could have major implications for how these drugs are prescribed to patients. Using a range of animal models, including post-traumatic epilepsy, this project seeks to characterise and understand the influence of antidepressants such as Prozac on epilepsy development.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

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

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Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Jones Laboratory: Epilepsy and Behaviour

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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