Perceptual Disturbance in younger onset dementia

Research Opportunity
Masters by Research, Honours students, Master of Biomedical Science
Department
Psychiatry
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Anita Goh goha@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Dennis Velakoulis dennisv@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Summary This project involves a qualitative study on the themes of psychotic symptoms in the cohort of patients with younger onset dementia at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, RMH. The student would examine all diagnostic groups (e.g. frontotemporal dementia, schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease). Thematic analysis will also be correlated with neuroimaging data to provide new literature on the neuroanatomical correlates of perceptual disturbance in younger onset dementia.

Project Details

This project involves a qualitative study on the themes of psychotic symptoms in the cohort of patients with younger onset dementia at the Neuropsychiatry Unit, RMH.  The student would examine all diagnostic groups (e.g. frontotemporal dementia, schizophrenia, Huntington’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease).  Thematic analysis will also be correlated with neuroimaging data to provide new literature on the neuroanatomical correlates of perceptual disturbance in younger onset dementia.
You will have the opportunity to work with a rich dataset of patient data that spans over 20 years. This project will suit a student with an interest in psychiatry, neurology, and neuropsychology, and who is interested in publishing findings.

RESEARCH AT THE NEUROPSYCHIATRY UNIT

The unit forms a clinical arm of the Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre, a joint research unit of the University of Melbourne and Melbourne Health/North-Western Mental Health.A number of our clinicians have strong research backgrounds in cognition, imaging, and clinical research. While providing high-quality assessments for our patients, we also foster and generate high-quality research in psychiatry and neuropsychiatry with the aim of improving our understanding of the disorders we treat, and to aid in the generation of new treatments.Our research involves characterising brain-behaviour relationships in a range of neuropsychiatric, neurodegenerative and neurometabolic disorders, and we also work with research groups locally and internationally in characterising these illnesses and in trialling novel treatments for brain disorders.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

Masters by Research, Honours students, 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

For further information about this research, please contact a supervisor.

Department

Psychiatry

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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