Sep 2011

Neuropsychiatry Spring Lecture Series


The Neuropsychiatry Unit , Royal Melbourne Hospital, in conjunction with Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre and the University of Melbourne present the Spring Lecture Series in Clinical Neuropsychiatry. This is a series of 10 lectures covering a broad group of Neuropsychiatric topics with a strong clinical focus. These lectures combine a small amount of didactic information with a large amount of clinical material where audience participation is encouraged.
These lectures are available to psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees.
Registration
: Psychiatrists $250, Trainees $150.

This popular series is frequently oversubscribed, so we would suggest RSVP as soon as possible to secure your attendance.

VENUE
: LECTURE THEATRE 2 ALAN GILBERT BUILDING
THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE

TIME : THURSDAY EVENINGS 5.30 PM – 8.00 PM

Lecture 1 5.30 – 6.30 pm
Refreshments 6.30 – 7.00 pm
Lecture 2 7.00 – 8.00 pm

DATES : 3/11 – 1/12

SPEAKERS: Dr Dennis Velakoulis, Dr Ramon Mocellin,
Dr Mark Walterfang, Dr Sophia Adams, Dr Andrew Evans

REGISTRATION: Dr Ramon Mocellin
03 9342 8750
Ramon.Mocellin@mh.org.au

Brain Changes in Adult NPC


Utilising methodology developed by Professor David Reutens, now at the Queensland Brian Institute, Dr Amanda Wood, from the University of Birmingham, and Drs Larry Abel and Elizabeth Bowman from the University of Melbourne’s Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences, we followed up our landmark MRI study in adults with Niemann-Pick disease type C (NPC) with a shape analysis of the corpus callosum (CC), the brain’s largest white matter fibre bundle, which connects the brain’s two hemispheres. This study demonstrated that the CC in NPC is globally thinned, but disproportionately thinned in regions similar to those seen in established schizophrenia, and may go some way to explaining the increased rate of psychosis in adults with NPC.

This paper can be found here.
Walterfang et al. Size and shape of the corpus callosum in adult Niemann-Pick type C reflects state and trait illness variables. American Journal of Neuroradiology 32: 1340-1346, 2011.