Professor Michael Kerr
Professor Emeritus, Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences
My research covers two overlapping areas. The first relates to the delivery of health care to people with a learning disability this focuses on primary health care delivery through Health Checks and specialist care delivery for complex epilepsy and health care issues associated with Rett syndrome. The work on Health Checks has supported National initiatives in Wales and England to provide Health Checks in primary care to adults with a learning disability. My second area of interest relates to the aetiology, epidemiology, impact and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorder associated with epilepsy.
I have the following ongoing projects in collaboration with colleagues within Cardiff University and other institutions:
- Syndromic epilepsy and learning disability: characterisation of phenotype and detection of pathogenic genomic copy number variations. Funder: Baily Thomas Charitable Fund. This study is collaboration between the MRC Neuropsychiatric Centre and the Institute of Medical Genetics and aims to identify Copy Number Variants that are causal for neuromgrational disorders and for complex epilepsy associated with learning disability.
- Behavioural phenotype and the support needs of girls and women with Rett Syndrome and their families. D Felce. Welsh Office for Research and Development. Rett syndrome is a genetic cause of usually severe learning disability in girls. This study explores behavioural aspects of the condition using a large survey and a more detailed process of direct behavioural observation.
- Identifying depression in people with epilepsy attending their general practitioners. M Kerr, A K Thapar, S Mensah, Epilepsy Research UK. Depression is common in people with epilepsy and is often unrecognised and thus untreated. This study is exploring the acceptability and validity of screening in primary care settings for depression in people with epilepsy using with two simple questionnaires.
- État de santé des personnes présentant une déficience intellectuelle au Québec. Conseil de recherche en sciences humaines du Canada (CRSH). Diane Morin, chercheure principale, Marc J. Tassé, Hélène Ouellette-Kuntz, co-chercheurs; Mike Kerr, collaborateur). This French Canadian study is exploring through a questionnaire methodology the health status of a population of adults with learning disability in Quebec.
- Monitoring the public health impact of health checks for adults with a learning disability in Wales. Welsh Assembly Government. This study involves collaboration with the Welsh Public Health Service to analyse the outcome and uptake of Health Checks for adults with a learning disability in Wales. The study has supported the development of an electronic tool ‘Audit Plus’ to extract Health Check data from primary care electronic sources and in its next phase will analyse this process.