Use of Risperidone in HD

Research Opportunity
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 The current PBS guidelines for risperidone specifies Alzheimer's dementia only. However, risperidone is commonly prescribed in Huntington’s disease. This project involves a narrative or systematic review of the literature on antipsychotic use in HD, and also an evaluation of the prescribed medications of the HD clinic patients of the Neuropsychiatry Unit, RMH. The results will inform policy and practice.

Project Details

The current PBS guidelines for risperidone specifies Alzheimer's dementia only. However, risperidone is commonly prescribed in Huntington’s disease.  This project involves a narrative or systematic review of the literature on antipsychotic use in HD, and also an evaluation of the prescribed medications of the HD clinic patients of the Neuropsychiatry Unit, RMH. The results will inform policy and practice.

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

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

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Department

Psychiatry

Research Node

Royal Melbourne Hospital

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