Online visual test for diagnosing bipolar disorder receives government grant

15 November 2017

Bipolar Disorder Mood

Congratulations to Dr Kirsten Ellis and team for their recent Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund grant win.

Bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depressive disorders are commonly misdiagnosed with enormous personal, social and economic costs.

The team, led by Dr Steven Miller of Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc), will conduct collaborative clinical, technical and user-interface research to accelerate translation of an online visual test to reduce the misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder.

“Conducting the research online enables the collection of data from a significantly larger group internationally which could not be accessed in any other manner” Dr Ellis said.

It is hoped the test will improve the diagnosis of bipolar disorder and will aim to identify genetic predisposition. thus improving outcomes in clinical psychiatry and also aid in gene-finding studies.

An acute diagnosis of mental illness symptoms will improve the personal lives of affected individuals and reduce societal and economic costs.

The Andrews Labor Government has funded 13 pioneering medical research projects that will fast-track breakthroughs in health and medical research into better care and treatments for patients.

Minister for Health Jill Hennessy announced the recipients of the inaugural round of the Victorian Medical Research Acceleration Fund, which has invested $3 million into new projects that fast-track the translation of early stage health and medical research into everyday clinical practice and patient care.

By harnessing the power of new breakthroughs, this research will deliver better health outcomes for patients and save lives, both in Victoria and across the world.


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