Does stress contribute to epilepsy?

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science
Number of Honour Places Available
Medicine and Radiology
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Associate Professor Nigel Jones 0399030862 Personal web page

Summary This project aims to investigate this hypothesis and its underlying mechanisms using valid animal models, with a parallel focus on anxiety and depression-like behaviour. We will study how early life stress can lead to vulnerability to epilepsy, and focus on altered inflammatory pathways as a key neurobiological mechanism.

Project Details

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.

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry

Research Opportunities

PhD, 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

Key Contact

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Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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