Neural regulation of cardiovascular function in epilepsy and healthy controls


Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders, affecting around 500,000 Australians. SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy) is one of the leading causes of death, and research suggests cardiovascular and respiratory disturbances are involved. This project combines sensitive cardiovascular testing with advanced Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the brain to study the neural circuits regulating the heart in people with epilepsy and in healthy adults.

Requirements/time commitment:

Study participants complete three testing sessions, each for one hour. Recruitment is starting now, and will run until the end of 2014. The first session is at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, and the last two sessions are at the Centre For Advanced Imaging, UQ. People are reimbursed for travel and for their time. Participants can also keep an MRI image of their brain.

Eligibility criteria:

  • Healthy non-smoking adults (18-65 years of age)
  • No present or past neurological or psychiatric diagnoses
  • No history of diabetes, chronic kidney disease or cardiovascular disease.


Dr Marcus Gray
0417 024 939