Overview of My Research
Dr George Razay, MD, MRCP, MD(uk), FRACP, FANZSGM
General Physician/ Geriatrician, Department of Medicine, Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia.
Dr Razay established the Launceston Memory Disorders Clinic and the Dementia Research Centre in 1998.
Major research findings:
Established a link between obesity, abdominal obesity, the metabolic syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.
Showed improvement in cognitive and physical functioning following a community-based exercise program in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
Reported a high incidence of idiopathic Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus in patients with memory impairment and dementia; developed a simple diagnostic tool and showed improvement of cognition, balance, and gait following ventriculo-peritoneal shunting.
I have been working as a full time General Physician and Geriatrician in a busy acute medical unit at the Launceston General Hospital since 1997. I have been particularly active in raising awareness within the community to health problems in the elderly especially dementia and gait disorders through regular public forums and media interviews. I have also been providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for memory disorders and dementia for more than 20 years.
Research continues to be a strong commitment and passion and I have extensive research experience in both Australia and England. My earlier research in England explored the role of lipids and insulin in relation to alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, menopause and Alzheimer’s disease. My research in Launceston focused on the role of obesity and the metabolic syndrome in Alzheimer’s disease and the benefit of exercise in a randomised controlled study.
My latest research pointed to the high incidence of idiopathic normal pressure hydrocephalus and developed a simple tool for its diagnosis. It also confirmed the benefit of shunt surgery in improving cognition, balance and gait. The research has been presented at national and international meetings and has been published in refereed international journals (see publications and conferences).