Neuropsychiatry, Royal Melbourne Hospital


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Neuropsychiatry Publications

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  • by Samantha M Loi
    PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Young-onset dementia (YOD) refers to a dementia for which symptom onset occurs below the age of 65. This review summarizes the recent literature in this area, focusing on updates in epidemiology, diagnosis and service provision.
  • by Aimee D Brown
    The successful implementation of telehealth services depends largely on clinician acceptance of telehealth as a viable healthcare option and their adoption of telehealth methods into their clinical practice. While growing research supports the feasibility of telehealth services, no research has evaluated clinicians' experiences during the implementation of a younger onset dementia telehealth service. Semi-structured group interviews were conducted with 7 metropolitan (hub) clinicians and 16…
  • by Tsutomu Takahashi
    Inter-individual variations in the sulco-gyral pattern of Heschl's gyrus (HG) might contribute to emotional processing. However, it remains largely unknown whether borderline personality disorder (BPD) patients exhibit an altered HG gyrification pattern, compared with healthy individuals, and whether such a brain morphological feature, if present, might contribute to their clinical characteristics. The present study used magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the distribution of HG…
  • by Matthew Brazel
    CONCLUSIONS: OPMHS expenditure has not increased at commensurate levels compared to other populations. The mental health of people aged over 65 appears to be a neglected policy priority in Australia. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety may herald service and expenditure changes.
  • by Nirbaanjot Walia
    CONCLUSION: Higher CSF NfL is related to brain atrophy in YOD, further supporting its use as a nonspecific marker of neurodegeneration severity.
  • by Tianren Yang
    OBJECTIVE: Childhood trauma has been implicated as a risk factor for the etiology of psychogenic nonepileptic seizures (PNES). Relatively little attention has been paid to whether profiles of specific trauma types differ between patients with epilepsy and PNES. Investigating childhood trauma profiles in these patient groups may identify psychological vulnerabilities that predispose to developing PNES, and aid early diagnoses, prevention, and treatment.
  • by Parsa Ravanfar
    Brain iron is central to dopaminergic neurotransmission, a key component in schizophrenia pathology. Iron can also generate oxidative stress, which is one proposed mechanism for gray matter volume reduction in schizophrenia. The role of brain iron in schizophrenia and its potential link to oxidative stress has not been previously examined. In this study, we used 7-Tesla MRI quantitative susceptibility mapping (QSM), magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and structural T(1) imaging in 12…
  • by Dhamidhu Eratne
    CONCLUSION: This study demonstrated strong diagnostic utility of CSF NfL to distinguish bvFTD from non-progressor variants, at baseline, with high accuracy, in a real-world clinical setting. This has important clinical implications, to improve outcomes for patients and clinicians facing this challenging clinical dilemma, healthcare services, and clinical trials. Further research is required to investigate heterogeneity within the non-progressor group and potential diagnostic algorithms, and…
  • by Emily Sun
    CONCLUSIONS: This is the first study to examine risk factors of mortality in HD in an Australian cohort. Median survival in our cohort is consistent with previous studies in HD, and markedly reduced compared to the general Australian population. CAG repeat length was not associated with mortality suggesting that non-genetic factors contribute to mortality status and warrant further investigation.
  • by Katelyn Tadd
    CONCLUSIONS: Brain MRI is a useful part of psychiatric management in the presence of certain neuropsychiatric risk factors. The present findings suggest that treating teams can judiciously tailor radiological investigations while limiting excessive imaging. Future research in larger cohorts across multiple centers may contribute to shaping more consistent neuroimaging guidelines in psychiatry.

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Seminars in Neuropsychiatry

RMH-Alfred-Concord and RANZCP VIC Section of Neuropsychiatry
Seminars in Neuropsychiatry

Dates set for 2022!

Neuropsychiatry at the Royal Melbourne, Alfred and Concord Hospitals, and the RANZCP Victorian Section of Neuropsychiatry, are pleased to have several seminars planned for 2022. Please spread the word to colleagues far and wide with this link:

To receive details on how to attend sessions, for any queries, feedback, to suggest potential future topics, and to be put on the email list, please contact us.

Save the dates for these upcoming seminars1200-1300 (Melbourne time) on the following Tuesdays:

22 March – Dr Sarah Farrand: DBS for psychiatrists

24 May – Professor Perminder Sachdev: Tardive Dyskinesia

19 July – Cancelled

27 September – Dr Maie Walsh: Genetics and neuropsychiatric disorders

22 November – TBC

Please click here to access slides and other materials from previous seminars (for your personal use only).

Kind regards,
Dr Dhamidhu Eratne
Dr Tom Reilly
Dr Toby Winton-Brown
Dr Andrew Gleason
Professor Dennis Velakoulis

on behalf of the RANZCP Section of Neuropsychiatry Victorian Subcommittee

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Neuropsychiatry, Royal Melbourne Hospital:

Thank you

We hope you’ve enjoyed our RMH-Alfred Neuropsychiatry Education Series this year, and we look forward to seeing you next year.

– Dhamidhu Eratne, Toby Winton-Brown, Dennis Velakoulis, and many others, on behalf of the Section of Neuropsychiatry and Royal Melbourne Hospital and the Alfred

Thank you to all our excellent speakers for their time, and special mention and thanks to Kate Egan, Nicholas Burgess, and Lily Ward for keeping the lecture series afloat.

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