Stuart Brownings

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BACKGROUND Smoking is highly prevalent among people who have experience of severe mental ill health, contributing to their poor physical health. Despite the 'culture' of smoking in mental health services, people with severe mental ill health often express a desire to quit smoking; however, the services currently available to aid quitting are those which are(More)
OBJECTIVE We have previously reported high dopamine D2/3 receptor occupancies at low amisulpride concentrations in older people with Alzheimer's disease (AD), during off-label treatment of AD-related psychosis. This post hoc analysis explored pharmacokinetic (concentration) and pharmacodynamic (prolactin, D2/3 occupancy) contributions to symptom reduction(More)
OBJECTIVE Dopamine D2/3 receptor positron emission tomography tracers have guided antipsychotic prescribing in young people with schizophrenia by establishing a 'therapeutic window' of striatal D2/3 receptor occupancy. Older people, particularly those with dementia, are highly susceptible to motor side effects and may benefit from the appropriate(More)
See Caravaggio and Graff-Guerrero (doi:10.1093/awx023) for a scientific commentary on this article.Antipsychotic drugs, originally developed to treat schizophrenia, are used to treat psychosis, agitation and aggression in Alzheimer's disease. In the absence of dopamine D2/3 receptor occupancy data to inform antipsychotic prescribing for psychosis in(More)
Current prescribing guidelines for the antipsychotic amisulpride are based largely on pharmacokinetic (PK) studies in young adults, and there is a relative absence of data on older patients, who are at greatest risk of developing adverse events. This study aimed to develop a population PK model for amisulpride specifically in older people, by combining data(More)
OBJECTIVE Antipsychotic drug sensitivity in very late-onset schizophrenia-like psychosis (VLOSLP) is well documented, but poorly understood. This study aimed to investigate blood drug concentration, D2/3 receptor occupancy and outcome in VLOSLP during open amisulpride prescribing, and compare this with Alzheimer's disease (AD). METHODS Blood drug(More)
Head motion during brain PET imaging is not uncommon and can negatively affect image quality. Motion correction techniques typically either use hardware to prospectively measure head motion, or they divide the acquisition into short fixed-frames and then align and combine these to produce a motion free image. The aim of this work was to retrospectively(More)
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