Using Human Psychopharmacology Assessments to identify Unique Markers of Mental Ill-Health and Treatment Response

Summary

This research focuses on using plasma hormonal assessments to determine relationships of peripheral hormone levels and a range of mental health outcomes. This is primarily a psychopharmacology PhD and could explore how hormones and other potential markers of mental health problems or change following intervention in a range of clinical patient populations. 

Supervisor(s)

Associate Professor Adam Guastella

Research Location

Brain and Mind Research Institute

Program Type

PHD

Synopsis

This research focuses on using plasma hormonal assessments to determine relationships of peripheral hormone levels and a range of mental health outcomes. This is primarily a psychopharmacology PhD and could explore how hormones and other potential markers of mental health problems or change following intervention in a range of clinical patient populations. A range of interventions and markers could be discussed. This research opportunity must be considered in the context of the headspace clinic at the BMRI. The Youth Mental Health Clinic of the BMRI assesses over 1000 young people with mental health problems each year and provides treatment to patients with a range of mental health concerns (anxiety, depression, psychosis, addiction). We use a wide variety of neuroscience technology (e.g., Genotyping, PET, MRI, FMRI, EEG, Chronobiology, eye-tracking) with a multi-disciplinary team of neuroscientists, neurologists, psychiatrists, general practitioners, clinical psychologists, nurses, social and youth workers to facilitate the development of research and psychobiological treatment approaches. This base provides a unique environment to conduct trials that have real community relevance while also integrating a range of potential neurobiological assessments/interventions. 

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Keywords

oxytocin vasopressin, BDNF, psychopharmacology, hormones, clinical disorders, mental health

Opportunity ID

The opportunity ID for this research opportunity is: 1213

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