Neuropsychiatry of neurodegenerative disorders

Research Overview

Dr Loi is a Senior Research Fellow and psychiatrist (trained in neuropsychiatry and old age psychiatry) and her group are interested in the psychosocial aspects of neuropsychiatric conditions, including younger-onset dementia, Huntington's disease and schizophrenia, and the relationships between cognition, symptoms, biomarkers and imaging.  We are also interested in patient, family and carer outcomes and other epidemiological aspects, such as mortality and service provision. and schizophrenia, and the relationships between cognition, symptoms, biomarkers and imaging.  We are also interested in patient, family and carer outcomes and other epidemiological aspects, such as mortality and service provision and the NHMRC funded BeYOND (Investigating the clinical utility of biomarkers and other novel tests in younger-onset neurocognitive disorders) is a platform for ongoing examination of progression in this area.

We welcome students at all levels (Honours, Masters, PhD and trainees)

Staff

  • Claire Cadwallader (Research Assistant)
  • Students: H  Liam Borelli Millott (Honours)
  • MJ Yoo (psychiatry trainee)
  • Anthony Hew (psychiatry trainee)
  • Paul Frederick (psychiatry trainee)
  • Sian Bronwlow (MDRP)
  • Wei Hsuan (Michelle) Chiu (PhD)
  • Julieta Sabates (PhD)

Funding

  • NHMRC Early Career Fellowship (S.Loi)
  • Yulgilbar Alzheimer's Research Program (S.Loi, C.Cadwallader)
  • RANZCP Beverley Rapheal research grant (A. Hew)
  • NorthWestern Mental Health seed funding (S.Loi)
    RMH Foundation grant (S.Loi)

Research Opportunities

This research project is available to PhD students, Masters by Research, Honours students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.

Research Publications

TOP 5 publications

Tsoukra V et al. LOI SM. The diagnostic challenge among young onset dementia syndromes and primary psychiatric disease: results of a retrospective, 20-year cross-sectional study. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosciences.  Accepted 1 Feb 2021.

LOI SM et al. A description of the components of a specialist younger-onset dementia service: a potential model for a dementia-specific service for younger people. Australasian Psychiatry. Accepted 20 December 2020.  PubMed

LOI SM et al. A ten year retrospective study of inpatients with younger-onset dementia. Int J Geriatric Psychiatry. 36 (2): 294-301. 2021. PubMed.

LOI SM et al. Time to diagnosis in younger-onset dementia and the impact of a specialist diagnostic service.  Int Psychogeriatrics.  Accepted 9 July 2020. PubMed

LOI SM et al. Clinical application of findings from longitudinal studies of younger-onset dementia: a rapid review & recommendations.  J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosciences.  32 (4): 322-333. 2020.PubMed

Research Projects

This Research Group doesn't currently have any projects



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Dr Samantha Loi

Department / Centre

Psychiatry , Melbourne Neuropsychiatry Centre

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