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Hollywood Private Hospital involved in world first clinical study

Jun 07, 2016

Hollywood Private Hospital and CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre have commenced the world’s first large scale ocular biomarker study for mental health disorders.

The collaborative research project will investigate whether the retina can allow specialists to more effectively detect and monitor brain disorders such as post-traumatic stress, anxiety, eating disorders, major depression and alcohol dependence.

Researchers will also try to determine if eye biomarkers are specific to different disorders and if they can predict the success of treatments. These questions will be addressed using retinal photography, optical coherence tomography and pupillometry.

This important clinical study started in April this year and has a target of 200 participants. It is being conducted at The Hollywood Clinic, Hollywood’s standalone private mental health facility, and is being led by Dr Mathew Samuel, Consultant Psychiatrist at The Hollywood Clinic, and Professor Yogesan Kanagasingam, Research Director, AEHRC.

Commenting on the research project, Dr Samuel said “We believe the retina may provide a window to detect and monitor brain disorders. As a developmental outgrowth of the brain, it provides central nervous system access through live, non-invasive optical imaging with great detail”.
“This research has the potential to improve the lives of individuals suffering from mental illness. Unfortunately for sufferers, current methods of diagnosis are complex and subjective, therapeutic options are limited, and misdiagnosis may often occur. We hope that this study will help to resolve these issues”.

Professor Kanagasingam added “We already know that there are multiple structural and physiological disturbances of the eye related to schizophrenia and we are eager to learn what else the retina can tell us about other disorders and their treatments”.

Note: If individuals would like to participate in the clinical trial, they can contact Dr Samuel on admin@1985hollywood.com.au

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

About Hollywood Private Hospital:
The Hollywood Clinic is a 70-bed standalone mental health facility located on the Hollywood Private Hospital (Hollywood) campus. Hollywood is a modern, acute care hospital in Nedlands and enjoys a strong reputation for excellence in patient care. With over 700 beds, Hollywood is the State’s largest private hospital based on bed numbers. The hospital employs over 2,000 people and has more than 700 accredited specialists working across a wide range of disciplines, including cardiology, gastroenterology, general medicine, general surgery, oncology, orthopaedics, palliative care, psychiatry, rehabilitation and urology.

About CSIRO’s Australian e-Health Research Centre:
The Australian e-Health Research Centre (AEHRC) is the leading national research facility applying information and communication technology to improve health services and clinical treatment for Australians.

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