Identifying Predictors of Death in Patients with Epileptic and Psychogenic Seizures

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
Number of Honour Places Available
2
Number of Master Places Available
1
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Terence O'Brien obrientj@unimelb.edu.au 9903 0855 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Charles Malpas charles.malpas@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary Project Aims: To link databases of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of Melbourne Epilepsy Centres with the National Death Index and National Coroners Database to determine who has died and the cause of death, and to identify risk factors.

Project Details

Project Description: Patients with epilepsy have at least 4 fold increased risk of death, with one of the most common cases being sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP) which is up to 40 times more common than age and sex matched people without epilepsy. Identifying patients at risk of premature death is one of the major challenges for the field, so that interventions can been applied to reduce the incidence of this tragic consequence of this common condition. This internationally unique study will link the databases containing detailed clinical and psychosocial data from patients seen in the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program of the Royal Melbourne, The Alfred, The Austin and St. Vincent’s over 2 decades with the National Death Index and National Coroners Database to determine who has died, the cause of death and identify risk factors.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Post Doctor Research
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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Department

Medicine and Radiology

Research Group / Unit / Centre

Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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