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- Reader in Intellectual Disabilities
- Division of Psychiatry
- Faculty of Brain Sciences
Dr. Strydom's research concerns the epidemiology, etiology and
clinical aspects of mental disorders in adults with neurodevelopmental
disorders including intellectual disabilities, Autism & Asperger
syndrome, and ADHD. He has a specific interest in conditions associated
with ageing in these populations, such as the association between
Alzheimer's disease and Down Syndrome.
Current projects and collaborations include the LonDownS consortium funded by the Wellcome Trust to study the neurobiology of Alzheimer's Disease in Down
syndrome, the ADSID registry of dementia in older adults with
Intellectual Disabilities and Down Syndrome, and a study exploring copy
number variations associated with mental disorders in adults with
non-syndromic intellectual disabilities (funded by the Baily Thomas Fund). He is an investigator on industry sponsored trials of new drug treatment options in Down syndrome (http://www.roche-trials.com/trialDetailsGet.action?studyNumber=BP25543) and fragile X syndrome.
Dr Strydom is also involved in developing and trialling complex interventions in adults with ID such as CBT for anxiety and depression, positive behaviour support for problem behaviours, and health checks for people with intellectual disabilities in primary care.
Dr Strydom participates in teaching undergraduate medical students, psychiatry and psychology trainees and mentoring of young researchers in the Department of Mental Health Sciences.