Barriers to early epilepsy diagnosis and the impact of diagnostic delay

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anne McIntosh
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Piero Perucca

Project Details

New onset epileptic seizures are relatively common in the population. Early expertdiagnosis and management of new onset epilepsy has a critical impact on outcomes.Despite this, our data demonstrate a substantial proportion of patients experiencediagnostic delay, which may be of several years duration and associated with multipleundiagnosed seizures. Together with one of our previous honors students, we haverecently published a paper in an international journal examining some underlying riskfactors for diagnostic delay in epilepsy( ). We plan to extend this small study,utilizing existing data obtained for a large cohort of patients with a new diagnosis of epilepsy. The student will collect data for some variables, code the data andconduct some statistical analyses. The project supervisors will provide appropriateguidance and assistance. The results of this study will potentially provide a basis foreducational programs enabling earlier epilepsy diagnosis, as well as contributing toepidemiological research.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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