Muscarinic Receptor Deficits in Schizophrenia

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Master of Biomedical Science
Department
Psychiatry
Group Leader Email Number Webpage
Professor Richard Kanaan richard.kanaan@unimelb.edu.au 03 9496 3351 Personal web page

Project Details

The brains of patients with schizophrenia show a number of abnormalities, including in their muscarinic system.  The muscarinic system is critical to cognition and may well be vital for patients symptoms, but we have previously only been able to assess muscarinic changes post mortem.  However, we have developed a new way of brain scanning that will allow us to assess their muscarinic receptors in life.  We plan to recruit a cohort of patients with schizophrenia, characterise them clinically and test them cognitively, before scanning them, to see if the abnormalities we anticipate in their muscarinic system are associated with their cognitive deficits and clinical symptoms.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, 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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Department

Psychiatry


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