Barriers to early epilepsy diagnosis and the impact of diagnostic delay

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Project Status
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anne McIntosh
Dr Piero Perruca

Project Details

New onset epileptic seizures are relatively common in the population. Early expert diagnosis and management of new onset epilepsy has a critical impact on outcomes. Despite this, our data demonstrate a substantial proportion of patients experience diagnostic delay, which may be of several years duration and associated with multiple undiagnosed seizures. Together with one of our previous honors students, we have recently published a paper in an international journal examining some underlying risk factors for diagnostic delay in epilepsy ( ).

We plan to extend this small study, utilizing existing data obtained from a large cohort of patients with a new diagnosis of epilepsy. The student will identify appropriate data categories of interest, clean and code the data and conduct some statistical analyses.

The project supervisors will provide appropriate guidance re these processes. The results of this study will potentially provide a basis for educational programs enabling earlier epilepsy diagnosis, as well as contributing to epidemiological research. The skills expected to be learnt from this project include: clinical epilepsy, data management, basic statistical analyses. As part of background education related to this project the student will be encouraged to observe epilepsy clinical meetings, clinics, and other research meetings of relevance.

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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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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