The relationship between cognitive impairment seen in chronic mental illness and dementia - what can mortality information tell us?

Research Opportunity
PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
Department
Psychiatry
Location
Royal Melbourne Hospital
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Dr Samantha Loi samantha.loi@unimelb.edu.au 93428750 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Professor Dennis Velakoulis dennis.velakoulis@mh.org.au 93428750 Personal web page

Summary We will be examining mortality data from patients who have chronic mental illness such as schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder.

Project Details

There is inconsistent literature relating to the associations of cognitive impairment seen in chronic mental illness such as schizophrenia.  Some authors have reported that the dementia seen in schizophrenia, phenotypically appears like Alzheimer's disease or behavioural-variant frontotemporal dementia, however other authors have reported that the dementia seen in different and its own entity.

This project will examine these relationships and risk factors by investigating the mortality data from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare National Death Index.  Methods will include databasing of patients, data linkages and statistical analyses of standardised mortality ratios.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Ageing



Research Opportunities

PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students, Post Doctor Researchers
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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