Overview of My Research
Dr George Razay, MD, MRCP, MD(uk), FRACP, FANZSGM
Clinical Associate Professor, General Physician and Geriatrician, Department of Medicine, Launceston General Hospital, School of Medicine, University of Tasmania.
Dr Razay established the Launceston Memory Disorders Clinic and the Dementia Research Centre in 1998.
In 2021 George was a Tasmanian nominee for Australian of the Year.
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.
Dr. George Razay is a full time Clinical Associate professor, General Physician and Geriatrician, Director of the Memory Disorder Clinic and Dementia Research Centre at the Launceston General Hospital, and School of Medicine, University of Tasmania. He has been providing assessment, diagnosis and treatment for memory disorders and dementia for more than 20 years. He has 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.
Research continues to be a strong commitment and passion and Dr. Razay has had extensive research experience in both Australia and England. His earlier research in England explored the role of lipids and insulin in relation to alcohol consumption, smoking, obesity, menopause, and Alzheimer’s disease. His research in Launceston focused on the risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease, especially the role of obesity and the metabolic syndrome, whilst also investigating the benefit of exercise in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease in a randomised controlled study.
Dr. Razay’s 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.