Professor Gerard Byrne

Professor

Royal Brisbane Clinical Unit
Faculty of Medicine

Affiliate Professor

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine
gerard.byrne@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 55152

Overview

Gerard Byrne is Professor and Head of the Discipline of Psychiatry within the School of Medicine at the University of Queensland and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. His primary research interests include Alzheimer's disease (particularly the neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with AD), and personality, anxiety and depression in older people. Recent published work has included papers on generalised anxiety disorder in older people, dementia and delirium in the general hospital setting, and the role of lifestyle factors in predicting cognitive trajectory in middle age and later life.

Biography:

Gerard completed his medical degree and an intercalated science degree in Sydney at the University of New South Wales and the Prince of Wales and Prince Henry Hospitals. Following an internship at the Royal Newcastle Hospital, he undertook two further years of general medical training at The Prince Charles Hospital in Brisbane. He subsequently completed his five years of psychiatry training at The Prince Charles and Wolston Park Hospitals. His PhD in psychiatric epidemiology was undertaken at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Beverley Raphael AM. He has been Head of the UQ Discipline of Psychiatry since 2001 and Director of Geriatric Psychiatry at the Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital since 1995.

He a member of the Repatriation Medical Authority and, until recently, was on the board of directors of the International Psychogeriatric Association. He chairs the Research Advisory Committee of the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. He is a member of the advisory board of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research at the Queensland Brain Institute.

He is a past chairman of the Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA) of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists and a former member of the RANZCP General Council. He currently chairs the RANZCP Sub-committee for Advanced Training in Psychiatry of Old Age and is a member of the RANZCP Committee for Training. He is a member of the Queensland Brain Bank Scientific Advisory Committee.

Gerard also serves as a member of NHMRC GRPs and reviews research grant applications for NHMRC, ARC, Hong Kong MRC, New Zealand RC, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research & Development (ZonMw), U.S. Alzheimer's Association, Alzheimer's Australia Research Fund, and Pfizer Neuroscience Research Grants, amongst others.

He reviews manuscripts for Molecular Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Brain and Cognition, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of the American Geriatrics Association (JAGS), Journal of Psychiatric Research, Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Age and Ageing, Aging and Mental Health, American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, Australasian Journal on Ageing, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, BMC Psychiatry, Depression and Anxiety, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and International Psychogeriatrics, amongst others.

In 2012 he won the Senior Research Award of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

In 2013 he delivered the Bostock Oration of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

In 2016 he was awarded a Meritorious Service Award by the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists.

Research Interests

  • Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease
    This project has been funded by the Alzheimer's Association (U.S.) and is being conducted in collaboration with Dr Rudi Tannenberg and A/Prof Peter Dodd in Dr Dodd's laboratory in the School of Microbial and Molecular Sciences.
  • Anxiety & Depression During Cognitive Ageing
    This 3-year NHMRC-funded study will look at the emergence of syndromal and sub-syndromal anxiety and depression in a cohort of 511 women from the LAW Study being conducted at the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital. For further information on this study contact Liz Arnold on 07 3365 5147.
  • Neuropsychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer's Disease
    Data collection has commenced on a prospective study of predictors of incident neuropsychiatric symptoms in patients with late-onset Alzheimer disease. This research project will run for about five or six years - two to three years to recruit the participants and 30 months to complete the longitudinal data collection on each participant. This work is being funded by a generous bequest via the RBWH Research Foundation. For further information on this project, please contact Liz Arnold on (07) 3365 5147.
  • International collaborations using interRAI
    We are engaged in clinical validation of the interRAI instrument for cross-national data collection in older person's mental health services. For further information please contact Gerard Byrne on 07 3365 5148.
  • Clinical Drug Trials for Alzheimer's disease
    We are currently involved in several clinical pharmaceutical trials of new drugs or new formulations of existing drugs for the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease. For further information on these projects, please contact Liz Arnold on 3365 5147.
  • Measurement of Anxiety in Older People
    This program of collaborative research with Dr Nancy Pachana (School of Psychology) has been underway for about 12 months. The aim of this program is to develop a novel measure of generalised anxiety for use in older people. No such measure currently exists. We plan to use factor analysis and discriminant function analysis to shrink the current draft 60 item scale to 20 or 30 items for everyday use. We will then publish the scale in the public domain. Subsequently, we will use the scale to investigate genetic and other predictors of generalised anxiety in older people. Ultimately, we hope to be able to use the scale as an outcome measure for treatment trials in older people. We anticipate that this research program will continue for 5-10 years.
  • Development of Cogni-Screen: A Diagnostic System for Dementia
    In a collaborative project with Prof Mike Humphreys (Key Centre for Human Factors & Applied Cognitive Psychology), Dr Nancy Pachana (School of Psychology) & Prof Chris Del Mar (Griffith University) we are developing a computerised diagnostic system for dementia. This system involves a web-based real-time system using speech recognition software. The project has been funded by grants from the NHMRC and the Telstra Broadband Development Fund.
  • Depression in Stroke Patients
    Data collection for this three-year project on the value of clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of major depression in stroke patients is almost completed. This Queensland Health funded project involved the development and implementation of clinical guidelines within the RBWH Stroke Service. To measure the clinical utility of these guidelines, two cohorts of 100 stroke patients have been enrolled: one prior to the development of the guidelines and one following their introduction.
  • Personality and Depression following Stroke

Research Impacts

Prof Gerard Byrne and Prof Nancy Pachana have been engaged in a longterm program of research into anxiety in later life. With the assistance of students and colleagues, they have developed a suite of instruments to measure anxiety in older people. These instruments include the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI), the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory - Short Form (GAI-SF), the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory - Research (GAI-R), and the Informant Questionnaire for Anxiety in Dementia (IQAD). The GAI has now been translated into more than 20 languages and is in widespread use throughout the world. It is used in both clinical and research settings. It has also been used by the pharmaceutical industry in international multisite clinical trials. The availability of the GAI and associated measures has increased focus on the anxiety disorders in older people, which had previously been relatively neglected by clinicians and researchers alike.

Qualifications

  • PhD, The University of Queensland
  • FRANZCP
  • MBBS (Honours), University of New South Wales
  • Bachelor of Science (Medicine) (Honours), University of New South Wales

Publications

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Supervision

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Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Neville, Christine and Byrne, Gerard (2014). Depression and suicide in older people. In Rhonda Nay, Sally Garratt and Deirdre Fetherstonhaugh (Ed.), Older People: Issues and innovations in Care 4th ed. (pp. 267-284) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Churchill Livingstone.

  • Miloyan, Beyon, Byrne, Gerard J. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2014). Late-life anxiety. In Nancy A. Pachana and Ken Laidlaw (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of clinical geropsychology (pp. 470-489) Oxford, United Kingom: Oxford University Press.

  • Byrne, Gerard (2013). Anxiety disorders in older people. In Tom Denning and Alan Thomas (Ed.), Oxford Textbook of Old Age Psychiatry 2nd ed. (pp. 589-602) Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0045

  • Wahlin, Tarja-Brita Robins and Byrne, Gerard J. (2012). Cognition in Huntington's Disease. In Nageham Ersoy Tunali (Ed.), Huntington's Disease: Core concepts and current advances (pp. 175-200) Croatia: InTech Open Access Publisher. doi:10.5772/30930

  • Byrne, Gerard J. (2010). Bereavement issues in later life. In Nancy Pahana, Ken Laidlaw and Bob Knight (Ed.), Casebook of clinical geropsychology: International perspectives on practice (pp. 211-225) Newy York, U.S.A.: Oxford University Press.

  • Neville, Christine C. and Byrne, Gerard J. A. (2009). Depression and suicide in older people. In Rhonda Nay and Sally Garratt (Ed.), Older people: issues and innovations in care 3rd ed. (pp. 229-243) Chatswood, NSW, Australia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.

  • Byrne, G. J. A. (2004). Depression in older people. In P. R. Joyce and P. B. Mitchell (Ed.), Mood Disorders: Recognition & Treatment (pp. 410-420) Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Ali, U., Byrne, G., Arnold, L. and Hollingsworth, K. (2016). An empirical study utilising data from a survey of clinicians regarding stigma and the term 'dementia': would an alternative name improve the acceptability of the diagnosis of dementia?. In: unknown, unknown, (175-175). unknown.

  • Tomasic, M., Halley, E., Byrne, G., Willis, A., Sanchez, A. A. and Jayawardena, B. (2015). Engaging the Next Generation of Psychiatrists. In: RANZCP Abstract Book, 2015. RANZCP 2015 Congress, Brisbane, QLD Australia, (23-23). 3-7 May 2015. doi:10.1177/0004867415578344

  • Byrne, Gerard J. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2015). Which is worse in late life, depression or anxiety?. In: Balancing Cure with Care: Advances in Late Life Mental Health, 17th IPA International Congress, Berlin, Germany, (S30-S30). 13–16 October 2015. doi:10.1017/S1041610215002148

  • Dissanayaka, N., Au, T., Angwin, A., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Silburn, P., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Copland, D. (2013). Emotional dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. In: 22nd Annual RBWH Health Care Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 14-18 October 2013.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Au, T., Angwin, A., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Silburn, P., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Copland, D. (2013). Emotional processing in Parkinson's disease and anxiety: an EEG study of visual affective word processing. In: Abstracts of Presentations at the International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging (BaCI), a Joint Conference of the International Society for Neuroimaging in Psychiatry (ISNIP), the International Society for Functional Source Imaging (ISFSI), the International Society for Bioelectromagnetism (ISBEM), the International Society for Brain Electromagnetic Topography (ISBET), and the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society (ECNS). BaCI 2013: First International Conference on Basic and Clinical Multimodal Imaging, Geneva, Switzerland, (115-115). 5-8 September, 2013. doi:10.1177/1550059413507209

  • Byrne, Gerard (2013). Epidemiology of anxiety disorders in older people in Australia. In: Towards Successful Aging: Harmony of Mental, Physical and Social Life: Symposia. 16th International Congress on Psychogeriatrics, Seoul, Korea, (S41-S42). 1 - 4 October 2013. doi:10.1017/S1041610213002135

  • Dissanayaka, N. N., Au, T., Angwin, A., Copland, D., O'Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. J., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. A. (2013). Identifying EEG markers associated with anxiety in Parkinson's disease: late positive potential. In: Abstracts of the Seventeenth International Congress of Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders. MDS 2013: 17th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (83-84). 16-20 June, 2013. doi:10.1002/mds.25605

  • Byrne, Gerard (2013). Validation of the informant questionnaire for anxiety in dementia in a memory clinic cohort. In: Towards Successful Aging: Harmony of Mental, Physical and Social Life: Symposia. 16th International Congress on Psychogeriatrics, Seoul, Korea, (S26-S26). 1 - 4 October 2013. doi:10.1017/S1041610213002135

  • Dissanayaka, N., Au, T., Angwin, A., Copland, D., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. (2012). Abnormal event related brain potentials generated while processing emotional information in anxious Parkinson’s disease patients. In: 8th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction and Other Non-Motor Features in Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders, Berlin, Germany, (). 3-6 May 2012.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Au, T., Angwin, A., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Copland, D., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. (2012). Abnormalities in emotional processing associated with anxiety in Parkinson’s disease. In: Parkinson’s Australia National Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 13-14 July 2012.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Au, T., Angwin, A., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Copland, D., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. (2012). Characterizing anxiety in Parkinson’s disease: clinical symptoms and neurophysiological markers. In: 21st Annual RBWH Health Care Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 8-12 October 2012.

  • Thompson, K., Pachana, N. A., Byrne, G. and Miloyan, B. (2012). Cognitive functioning in the context of incidental white matter hyperintensities. In: Charting new frontiers in aging. Abstracts of the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. 65th Annual Scientific Meeting “Charting New Frontiers in Aging”, San Diego, CA, United States, (321-321). 14-18 November 2012.

  • Wahlin, T. -B. Robins, Wahlin, A., Frick, A. and Byrne, G. (2012). Episodic memory in prodromal Huntington's disease: cognitive deficits a decade before diagnosis?. In: Abstracts of the 16th Congress of the EFNS. 16th Congress of the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS), Stockholm Sweden, (57-57). 9-10 September 2012. doi:10.1111/j.1468-1331.2012.03887.x

  • Pachana, N. A., McLaughlin, D., Leung, J., Byrne, G. and Dobson, A. (2012). Gender differences in anxiety and depression in more advanced old age. In: Charting new frontiers in aging. Abstracts of the Gerontological Society of America 65th Annual Scientific Meeting. 65th Annual Scientific Meeting “Charting New Frontiers in Aging”, San Diego, CA, United States, (155-155). 14-18 November 2012.

  • Dissanayaka, Nadeeka, Au, Tiffany, Angwin, Anthony, Copland, David, O’Sullivan, John, Byrne, Gerard, Marsh, Rodney, Mellick, George and Silburn, Peter (2012). Neural correlates of emotional processing in Parkinson’s disease and the influence of affective disturbances. In: Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. 3rd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS 2012 ), Brisbane, Australia, (). 29 November - 2 December 2012. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00140

  • Au, Tiffany, Angwin, Anthony, Copland, David, Mellick, George, O’Sullivan, John, Silburn, Peter, Byrne, Gerard and Dissanayaka, Nadeeka (2012). Neural mechanisms underlying emotional processing in healthy older adults: electrophysiological correlates of visual affective word processing. In: Conference Abstract: ACNS-2012 Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. 3rd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference (ACNS 2012 ), Brisbane, Australia, (). 29 November - 2 December 2012. doi:10.3389/conf.fnhum.2012.208.00121

  • Dissanayaka, Nadeeka, Au, Tiffany, Angwin, Anthony, Copland, David, O’Sullivan, John, Byrne, Gerard, Marsh, Rodney, Mellick, George and Silburn, Peter (2011). Abnormal event related brain potentials generated while processing emotional information in anxious Parkinson’s disease patients. In: 2nd Australasian Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Sydney, Australia, (). 9-12 December 2011.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Angwin A., Copland, D., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Marsh, M., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. (2011). Abnormal event related brain potentials generated while processing emotional information in anxious Parkinson’s disease patients. In: The Biannual Movement Disorder Society of Australia Conference, Melbourne, Australia, (). 8-10 September 2011.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Angwin, A., Copland, D., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G., Marsh, R., Mellick, G. and Silburn, P. (2011). Abnormal event related brain potentials generated while processing emotional information in anxious Parkinson’s disease patients. In: 20th RBWH Healthcare Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). 10-14 October 2011.

  • Byrne, Gerard (2011). The development of entrustable professional activites as observable proxies for competencies in psychiatry of old-age training in Australia. In: International Psychogeriatric Association Reinventing Aging through Innovation 15th International Congress, The Hague, Netherlands, (S69-S70). 6-9 September 2011. doi:10.1017/S104161021100127X

  • Byrne, Gerard J., Goncalves, Daniela C. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2011). The effect of proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria on the prevalence and severity of Generalised Anxiety Disorder in older adults. In: unknown, unknown, (A29-A29). unknown.

  • Byrne, Gerard J., Goncalves, Daniela C. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2011). The effect of proposed DSM-5 diagnostic criteria on the prevalence and severity of generalised anxiety disorder in older adults. In: G. Mahli, RANZCP 2011 Congress Abstract Book. Close Relations: RANZCP 2011 Congress, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia: Darwin Convention Centre, (A29-A29). 29 May - 2 June, 2011.

  • Murphy, Jenifer and Byrne, Gerard (2011). The failure to define: a systematic review of the conceptualisation of treatment resistant depression (TRD). In: unknown, unknown, (A45-A45). unknown.

  • Massavelli, Bronwyn, Pinsker, D., Pachana, N., Vearncombe, K., Stone, V., Byrne, G., Wilson, J. and Tilse, C. (2011). The utility of the social vulnerability scale as a predictor of financial capacity in dementia patients. In: Reinventing aging through innovation. Abstracts of the International Psychogeriatric Association 15th International Congress. 15th International Congress on the International Psychogeriatric Association, The Hague, The Netherlands, (S194-S195). 6-9 September 2011. doi:10.1017/S1041610211001293

  • Murphy, J. and Byrne, G. (2010). Chronic depression in the Australian community: Findings from the National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2007. In: 14th Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists Scientific Meeting, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (A5-A5). 28 - 30 October 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1758-5872.2010.00083.x

  • Byrne, G. and Pachana, N. A. (2010). Development and validation of a short form of the geriatric anxiety inventory. In: Program abstracts : 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting “Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum”. 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting “Transitions of Care Across the Aging Continuum”, New Orleans, LA, (89-89). 19-23 November 2010. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq115

  • Byrne, G., Gray, L., Jones, R., Martin-Khan, M., Morris, J., Pachana, N., Travers, C. and Research Collaborative in Quality Care for Older Persons: Dementia Care Panel (2010). Indicators of quality of care for patients with dementia in the acute care setting. In: Abstracts of the 43nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 17-19 November 2010, Hobart, Tasmania. 43nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Hobart, TA, Australia, (25-25). 17-19 November 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00481.x

  • Travers, C, Byrne, G, Gray, L and Pachana, N (2010). Issues facing frail, older people in the acute hospital setting. In: Abstracts of the 43nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, 17-19 November 2010, Hobart, Tasmanian. 43nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Hotel Grand Chancellor, Hobart, Tasmania, (45-46). 17-19 November 2010. doi:10.1111/j.1741-6612.2010.00481.x

  • Broughton, M, Smith, ER, Baker, R, Pachana, NA, Angwin, AJ, Byrne, G, Humphreys, MS and Chenery, HJ (2010). Supporting memory and communication in people with dementia: An educational program for caregivers. In: Abstracts of the 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America: Transitions of care across the aging continuum. 63rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the Gerontological Society of America, New Orleans, LA, United States, (129-129). 19-23 November 2010. doi:10.1093/geront/gnq115

  • Currell, M., Thompson, K., Byrne, G. and Pachana, N. A. (2010). Use of the California Older Adult Stroop Test in a Longitudinal Study. In: Abstracts: The Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting. The Gerontological Society of America 61st Annual Scientific Meeting, National Harbor, MD, (403-403). 21-25 November 2008. doi:10.1093/geront/48.Special_Issue_III.1

  • Dissanayaka, N. N. W., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P. A., O'Sullivan, J. D., Byrne, G. J. and Mellick, G. D. (2009). Assessing depression in Parkinson’s disease. In: 5th National Conference on Depression in Elderly., Sydney, Australia, (). 2009.

  • Smith, E., Baker, R., Pachana, N., Mitchell, L., Angwin, A., Humphreys, M., Copland, D., Byrne, G., Gallois, C., Hucker, K., Vearncombe, K. and Chenery, H. (2009). Development of DVD-based training in strategies to support communication and memory in dementia. In: Alzheimer's & Dementia. Online Exclusive: Australian National Dementia Research Forum 2008 Abstracts. Australian National Dementia Research Forum 2008, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (e16-e16). 18-19 September 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.07.030

  • Robins-Wahlin, T-B., Frick, A., Byrne, G. and Ngaosuvan, L. (2009). Face recognition in preclinical Huntington's disease. In: Dr Michael R. Hayden, Clinical Genetics. 2009 World Congress on Huntington's Disease, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, (41-53). 12-15 September 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2009.01220.x

  • Martin-Khan, M., Flicker, L., Wootton, R., Loh, P., Edwards, H., Byrne, G., Varghese, P., Beller, E. and Gray, L. (2009). Identifying depression in older adults via video consultation. In: Australian National Dementia Research Forum 2008, Sydney, Australia, (e13-e14). 18-19 September 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.07.020

  • Jordan, F, Byrne, G and Bushell, A (2009). Improving mental health in residential aged care facilities through staff training and resident's interventions. In: Special Issue: Abstracts of the 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology. 42nd National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Canberra, ACT, Australia, (A62-A62). 25-27 November 2009.

  • Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. (2009). Measuring anxiety in later life with the geriatric anxiety inventory. In: IPA 2009 International Meeting: Brain Aging and Quality of Life, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, (). 4-7 May 2009.

  • Chenery, H., Humphreys, M., Hegney, D., Pachana, N., Byrne, G., Gallois, C., Copland, D., Angwin, A. and Baker, R. (2009). Memory and communication training in dementia to improve the transition from home to residential care. In: National Dementia Research Forum. National Dementia Research Forum, Sydney, Australia, (e3-e3). September 2008. doi:10.1016/j.jalz.2009.05.260

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., O'Sullivan, J., Silburn, P. A., Marsh, R., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2009). Risk factors for depression in Parkinson’s disease. In: 18th Annual RBWH Health Care Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, (). October 2009.

  • Dissanayaka, N. N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P. A., O'Sullivan, J. D., Byrne, G. J. and Mellick, G. D. (2009). Risk factors for depression in Parkinson’s disease. In: Combined Abstracts of 2009 Australian Psychology Conferences. 1st Joint Conference of the APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group, and the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age, Gold Coast, Australia, (193-194). 12-14 November 2009.

  • Byrne, G. J. and Pachana, N. A. (2009). Self-reported anxiety in Australian Memory Clinic Attendees. In: The Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging.. XIXth World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, (S487-S487). 5-9 July, 2009.

  • Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. J. A. (2009). The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory. In: XIXth World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics, Paris, France, (S123-S124). 5-8 July, 2009. doi:10.1007/s12603-009-0093-y

  • Sarris, J, Kavanagh, DJ, Byrne, G, Bone, KM, Adams, J and Deed, G (2009). The Kava Anxiety Depression Spectrum Study (KADSS): A randomized, placebo-controlled, cross-over trial using an aqueous extract of Piper methysticum. In: Planta Medica. 55th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Medicinal-Plant-Research-and-Natural-Product-Research, Geneva Switzerland, (888-889). Aug 16-20, 2009.

  • Angwin, A., Baker, R., Byrne, G., Chenery, H. J., Copland, D., Gallois, C., Hegney, D., Hucker, K., Humphreys, M. S., Mitchell, L., Pachana, N. and Smith, E. (2009). The RECAPS program: Relieving the burden of care in dementia. In: Proceedings. First Joint Conference of the APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (PAIG) and the Royal Australia/New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA). First Joint Conference of the APS Psychology & Ageing Interest Group (PAIG) and the Royal Australia/New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) Faculty of Psychiatry of Old Age (FPOA), Bond University, Gold Coast, Queensland, (). 12-14 November 2009.

  • Frick, A., Robins-Whalin, T-B., Wahlin, A. and Byrne, G. (2009). Verbal episodic memory in preclinical Huntington disease. In: Dr. Michael R. Hayden, Clinical Genetics. 2009 World Congress on Huntington's Disease, Vancouver, B.C. Canada, (41-53). 12-15 September 2009. doi:10.1111/j.1399-0004.2009.01220.x

  • Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. J. (2008). Development and use of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI). In: Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society. International Neuropsychological Society 36th Annual INS Meeting, Hawaii, U.S., (163-163). 6-9 February, 2008.

  • Pachana, Nancy and Byrne, Gerard (2008). Development and use of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI). In: PSIGE Conference, York, UK, (). 2-4 July 2008.

  • Tooth, Leigh, Lucke, Jayne, Russell, Anne, Lee, Christina, Watson, Melanie, Byrne, Gerard, Wilson, Andrew and Dobson, Annette (2008). Few urban-rural differences in older carers’ access to community services. In: Australasian Journal on Ageing. 41st National Conference of the Australian Association of Gerontology, Fremantle, Western Australia, (34-34). 18-21 November 2008.

  • Tooth, L., Russel, A., Lucke, J., Byrne, G., Lee, C., Wilson, A. and Dobson, A. (2008). Impact of cognitive and physical impairment on carer burden and quality of life.. In: Australian Association of Gerontology Conference, Freemantle, Western Australia, (). 19 -21 November, 2008.

  • Byrne, G. J. A., Pachana, N. A., Arnold, E., Appadurai, K. and Chalk, J. (2008). Performance characteristics of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory in memory clinic attendees. In: Alzheimer's and Dementia. Alzheimer's Association International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, Chicago, U.S., (T441-T442). 26-31 July, 2008.

  • Tooth, L., Lucke, J., Russell, A., Byrne, G., Lee, C., Wilson, A. and Dobson, A. (2008). The impact of caring roles on women's mental health. In: 3rd International Congress on Women's Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia, (). 17-20 March 2008.

  • Pachana, N. A., Wilson, J., Stone, V., Tilse, C. and Byrne, G. (2008). Validation of an assessment battery for testing financial capacity in persons with dementia. In: National Dementia Research Forum 2008, Sydney Australia, (). 18 September 2008.

  • Byrne, Gerard J., Pachana, Nancy A., Siddle, Helen, Koloski, Natasha, Harley, Emma and Arnold, Elizabeth (2007). Development and clinical utility of the geriatric anxiety inventory. In: International Psychogeriatrics: Active Aging: Wisdom for Body, Mind and Spirit.. International Psychogeriatric Association (IPA) 13th Congress, Osaka, Japan, (147-147). 14-18 October 2007. doi:10.1017/S104161020700590X

  • Pachana, Nancy and Byrne, Gerard (2007). Measurement of anxiety symptoms in older adults: The geriatric anxiety inventory. In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. 42nd Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress, Gold Coast, Queensland, (A8-A8). 29 April-3 May 2007. doi:10.1080/14401614070410s110

  • Byrne, G and Pachana, N (2007). Measurement of anxiety symptoms in older adults: The geriatric anxiety inventory. In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. Unknown, unknown, (A8-A8). unknown.

  • Byrne, Gerard, Tarja-Brita, R. and Arnold, Liz (2007). Premorbid personality and the development of behavioural and psychological symptoms in people with dementia - A systematic review. In: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry: Abstracts from the 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007. 42nd RANZCP Congress 2007, x, (A6-A6). 2007.

  • Travers, Helen, King, Robert, Byrne, Gerard J.A., Khoo, Soo K., Bartlett, Helen P. and Pachana, Nancy A. (2007). Psychosocial interventions to arrest cognitive decline in at-risk women. In: The Abstracts of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society; Australian Journal of Psychology. 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian Psychological Society, Brisbane, Australia, (351-351). 25-29 September, 2008. doi:10.1080/00049530701658675

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2007). What contributes to depression in the setting of Parkinson's disease?. In: 4th National Conference on Depression in the Elderly, Sydney, NSW, Australia, (). 28-29 June, 2007.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Selbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P. A., O'Sullivan, J. D., Byrne, G. J. and Mellick, G. D. (2006). Assessing risk factors for depression in Parkinson’s disease. In: Abstracts and proceedings from the 5th National Conference for Emerging Researchers in Ageing. 5th National Conference of Emerging Researchers in Aging, Sydney, Australia, (-64). 2006.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2006). Assessing the risk factors for depression in Parkinson's disease. In: ASMR Queensland Postgraduate Medical Research Student Conference, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). 26 May, 2006.

  • Byrne, G. and Pachana, N. (2006). Development of a new scale to measure generalized anxiety in older people. In: Joyce, P.R. and Andrews, G., Emotional compass: navigating wellbeing. The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 41st Congress, Perth, Australia, (A12-A12). 28 May - 1 June, 2006.

  • Woodward, Rana, Pachana, Nancy A. and Byrne, Gerard J. A. (2006). Group phobia treatment in an older cohort. In: Deirdre McLaughlin, 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference. 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, Deakin Management Centre, Geelong, Victoria, (280-280). 4-5 November 2005. doi:10.1080/00049530600940011

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2006). Regular exposure to pesticides is related to depression associated with Parkinson's Disease: evidence from two independent Australian samples. In: Abstracts of the 5th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease. 5th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (31-31). 12-14 June, 2006. doi:10.1016/S1353-8020(07)70104-9

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2006). Regular exposure to pesticides is related to depression associated with Parkinson's disease: evidence from two independent Australian samples. In: 2006 Eskitis Institute Graduate Student Symposium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). November, 2006.

  • Woodward, M., Byrne, G., Brodarty, H. and Graham, M-L. (2006). Treatment cessation rates in patients with Alzheimer's Disease being treated with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors: An Australian disease cohort. In: Szer, J., Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine: Annual Scientific Meeting. Australian Society for Geriatric Medicine: Annual Scientific Meeting, Christchurch, New Zealand, (A164-A164). 4-6 September, 2006.

  • Byrne, G., Brodarty, H., Woodward, M. and Graham, M-L. (2006). Treatment cessation rates in patients with Alzheimer's disease being treated with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors: An Australian disease cohort analysis. In: Joyce, P. R. and Andrews, G., Emotional compass: navigating wellbeing. The Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists 41st Congress, Perth, Australia, (A30-A30). 28 May - 1 June, 2006.

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2006). Validity of three depression rating scales in Australian Parkinson's Disease patients. In: Abstracts of the 5th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease. 5th International Congress on Mental Dysfunction in Parkinson's Disease, Amsterdam, Netherlands, (32-32). 12-14 June, 2006. doi:10.1016/S1353-8020(07)70108-6

  • Dissanayaka, N., Sellbach, A., Matheson, S., Marsh, R., Silburn, P., O’Sullivan, J., Byrne, G. and Mellick, G. (2006). Validity of three depression rating scales in Australian Parkinson's disease patients. In: 2006 Eskitis Institute Graduate Student Symposium, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (). November, 2006.

  • Brodaty, H., Aldridge, G., Ames, D., Byrne, G. J. A., Snowdon, J., Woodward, M. and Hertel, J. (2005). A systematic review of extrapyramidal symptoms and tardive dyskinesia in patients with dementia receiving low-dose risperidone vs low-dose haloperidol. In: P. R. Joyce, Psychiatry in a changing world. The Royal Australian & NZ College of Psychiatrists 40th Congress, Sydney, NSW, (A140-A140). 22-26 May, 2005. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1614.2005.01674.x

  • Byrne, Gerard, Pachana, Nancy, Siddle, Helen and Koloski, Natasha (2005). Development of the Geriatric Anxiety Inventory (GAI). In: D. Ames and J. O'Brien, International Psychogeriatrics: Abstracts of the 12th Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association. 12th Congress of the International Psychogeriatric Association, Stockholm, (136-137). 20-24 September, 2005. doi:10.1017/S104161020500236X

  • Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. J. A. (2005). Measurement of anxiety symptoms in older adults: The Geriatric Anxiety Inventory. In: Australian Journal of Psychology: Abstracts of the 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference. 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, Geelong, Victoria, (278-278). 4-5 November 2005. doi:10.1080/00049530600940011

  • Boddice, G., Pachana, N. A. and Byrne, G. J. A. (2005). Screening for anxiety in mild cognitvely impaired individuals. In: Deirdre McLaughlin, Australian Journal of Psychology: The Abstracts of the 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference. Informing Psychological Interventions: The 1st APS Psychology and Ageing Interest Group Conference, Deakin Management Centre, Geelong, Victoria, (272-272). 4-5 November, 2005. doi:10.1080/00049530600940011

  • Cutbush, J, Byrne, G and Varghese, FT (1991). The Subjective Experience of Negative Symptoms and Body-Image Disturbance in Schizophrenia. In: Schizophrenia Research. , , (253-254). . doi:10.1016/0920-9964(91)90102-W

  • Imhoff, D, Bochner, F, Gunsberg, M, Graham, G, Parsons, G, Cham, B and Byrne, G (1982). Salicylates in Rheumatoid Disease. In: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology and Physiology. , , (460-461). .

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