Trying to stop Sudden Unexpected Death in EPilepsy (SUDEP)

Research Opportunity
PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Medicine and Radiology
Location
Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
A/Prof Christopher Reid careid@unimelb.edu.au 90356372 Personal web page
Co-supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Steven Petrou spetrou@unimelb.edu.au Personal web page

Project Details

Many patients with epilepsy die unexpectedly-often in their sleep. What is causing SUDEP remains a mystery and to date there are no treatments available. Dravet syndrome is a severe form of epilepsy that is caused mostly by mutations in the SCN1A gene. This gene encodes a brain voltage-activated sodium channel critical for the generation of action potentials. Dravet patients are particularly prone to SUDEP. A mouse with a human SCN1A mutation is a good model of this disease as it recapitulates the seizures and early death seen in patients. We can use this preclinical mouse model to test drugs to determine if they reduce or increase the risk of SUDEP.  This project will involve establishing drug testing protocols in the mouse model. Behavioural tests will be used to determine the impact of each treatment on seizure and SUDEP outcomes. The project will also involve measuring brain and heart activity.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Research Opportunities

PhD, Masters by Research, Honours
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 Node

Florey Institute of Neuroscience & Mental Health

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