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Sleep Research

Dr Morrison has an interest in the diagnosis and classification of complex sleep disorders, particularly non-REM parasomnias. He collaborates with colleagues in the Department of Sleep Medicine in Edinburgh and also the Department of Psychiatry in NHS Tayside.

He is also a named collaborator in a number of projects that include obstructive sleep apnoea, narcolepsy and REM behaviour disorder.

He has published extensively in sleep medicine.

Publications include:

RUMBOLD J, MORRISON I, RIHA R Criminal Law and Parasomnias: Some Legal Clarifications. J Clin Sleep Med. 2016 Aug 15;12(8):1197-8.
HSIEH CF, RIHA RL, MORRISON I, Hsu CY.Self-Reported Napping Behavior Change After Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Treatment in Older Adults with Obstructive Sleep Apnea. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2016 Aug;64(8):1634-9.
DUNNE L, PATEL P, MASCHAUER EL, MORRISON I, RIHA RL. Misdiagnosis of narcolepsy. Sleep Breath. 2016 Jun 23. (in press)
RUMBOLD J, MORRISON I, RIHA RL Calls for an international consensus on sleep-related violence and sexual behavior are premature. J Clinical Sleep Medicine 2014 Vol 15 10(11) pp 1253
MORRISON I Should sleepy patients see general neurologists? J Royal College Physicians Edin 2014 Vol 44(1) pp55-56
RUMBOLD J, RIHA RL, MORRISON I Alcohol and non-Rapid Eye Movement Parasomnias: Where is the Evidence? J Clinical Sleep Medicine 2014. Vol 10(03) pp 345
MORRISON I, RUMBOLD J, RIHA RL. Medicolegal aspects of complex behaviours arising from the sleep : A review and guide for the practicing sleep physician. Sleep Medicine Review 2014 Vol 18(3) pp 249-60
MORRISON I, FLOWER D, HURLEY J, MCFADYEN RJ. Working the night shift: a necessary time for training or a risk to health and safety? J Royal College Physicians Edin 2013. Vol 43(3) pp 230-235
SELBY KE, MORRISON I, RIHA RLR. Psychiatric co-morbidity in Arousal Disorders: Chicken or egg. J. Neuropsych and Clin. Neurosciences 2012;24:E36-E36
MORRISON I, RIHA RLR, DOUGLAS NJ, HORNE, JA, Dangers of driving after night-shifts. British Medical Journal (Careers) 2012. Vol 344, Issue 7855
WHITE, C, HILL EA, MORRISON I, RIHA RL. Diagnostic delay in REM behaviour disorder. Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine 2012, Vol8, No22
MORRISON I, RIHA RLR, Excessive daytime sleepiness and narcolepsy – an approach to investigation and management. European Journal of Internal Medicine 2012. Vol 23(2), pp 110-117
MORRISON I, BUŠKOVÁ J, NEVŠIMALOVÁ S, DOUGLAS N, RIHA RL, Diagnosing narcolepsy with cataplexy on history alone: challenging the International Classification of Sleep Disorders (ICSD) criteria. European Journal of Neurology 2011 Jul;18(7):1017-20
MORRISON I., FRANGULYAN R, RIHA RL, Beta-blockers as a cause of violent REM sleep behaviour disorder. Am J Med. 2011 Jan;124(1):e11

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Epilepsy and general neurology research

Dr Morrison is developing several research programmes to investigate the epidemiology of epilepsy and to improve the recognition and management of patients with epilepsy.
He has attracted over £100,000 in research funding so far to develop an integrated database between the tertiary and primary care.

Other publications include:


RUPP A, MORRISON I, HALSTEAD SK, TOWNSON KH, GREENSHIELDS KN, WILLISON HJ, Motor nerve terminal destruction and recovery following anti-ganglioside and complement mediated injury: an in-vivo and ex-vivo experimental imaging study in the mouse Experimental Neurology 2012 Feb;233(2):836-48
MORRISON I., RAZVI SSM, METCALFE RA, DUNCAN R, External and internal ophthalmoplegia, facial diplegia, ataxia and exaggerated deep tendon reflexes associated with anti-GQ1b antibodies: a new variant of acute ophthalmoparesis. Scottish Medical Journal (2010) Vol. 55(1)
MORRISON I., LI Y., HALSTEAD, S.K., THOMPSON W.J., WILLISON H.J. The consequences of terminal Schwann cell ablation at the murine neuromuscular junction observed through in vivo imaging J. Per. Nerv. Syst 2007 12:59
MORRISON I., HALSTEAD,S.K., O'HANLON,G.M., HUMPHREYS,P.D., GOODFELLOW,J.A., PLOMP,J.J., WILLISON,H.J An anti-disialosyl antibody causing perisynaptic Schwann cell death at mouse neuromuscular junctions. J. Per. Nerv. Syst 2005 10:64
HALSTEAD SK, MORRISON I, O'HANLON GM, HUMPHREYS PD, GOODFELLOW JA, PLOMP JJ, WILLISON HJ. Anti-disialosyl antibodies mediate selective neuronal or Schwann cell injury at mouse neuromuscular junctions. Glia (2005) Vol. 52 (pp177-189)
O'HANLON GM, PLOMP JJ, CHAKRABARTI M, MORRISON I, WAGNER ER, GOODYEAR CS, YIN X, TRAPP BDT, CONNER J, MOLENAAR PC, STEWART S, ROWAN EG, WILLISON HJ. Anti-GQ1b ganglioside antibodies mediate complement-dependent destruction of the motor nerve terminal. Brain (2001). Vol. 124(5)(pp 893-906)
GOODYEAR CS, O'HANLON GM, PLOMP JJ, WAGNER ER, MORRISON I, VEITCH J, COCHRANE L, BULLENS RW, MOLENAAR PC, CONNER J, WILLISON HJ. Monoclonal antibodies raised against Guillain-Barre syndrome-associated Campylobacter jejuni lipopolysaccharides react with neuronal gangliosides and paralyze muscle-nerve preparations. J.Clin.Invest (1999) Vol. 104 (pp 697-708)
GOODYEAR CS, O’HANLON GM, MORRISON I, WILLISON HJ. Characterisation of anti-ganglioside antibodies cloned from mice immunised with Miller-Fisher Syndrome associated strains of Campylobacter jejuni lipopolysaccharide. Muscle and Nerve (1998), Supplement 7 S11 No 4


DUNCAN A, TALWAR D, MORRISON I. The predictive value of low plasma copper and high plasma zinc in detecting zinc-induced copper deficiency.Ann Clin Biochem. 2016 Sep;53(Pt 5):575-9
DUNCAN A, YACOUBIAN C, WATSON N, MORRISON I The risk of copper deficiency in patients prescribed zinc supplements. J Clin Pathol. 2015 Sep; 68(9):723-5
DUNCAN, H., SPILLANE, K., MORRISON, I. Electroencephalography - An Overview. Scottish Universities Medical Journal 2014, 3(1), PP. 47-53.
MORRISON I, JAMDAR R, SHAH P, FISHER M, LEACH JP. Neurology liaison services in acute medical receiving unit. Scottish Medical Journal 2013 Vol 58(4) pp234-6 GABREYES A, ABBASI H, FORBES KP, MCQUAKER G, DUNCAN A, MORRISON I. Hypocupremia Associated Cytopenia and Myelopathy: A National Retrospective Review Eur J Haematol. 2013 Jan; 90(1):1-9
MORRISON I, RAZVI SSM, Driving regulations and psychogenic non-epileptic seizures: Perspectives from the United Kingdom. Seizure: European Journal of Epilepsy 2011, pp. 177-180
REID JM, MORRISON I, GORRIE G, METCALFE RA, Positive “ice on eyes” test in Miller Fisher syndrome. Pract Neurol 2008, 000: 1-2
MORRISON I, McENTAGART A, CAPELL H. Polymyositis with cardiac manifestations and unexpected immunology. Annals of the Rheumatic Disease (2002). Vol. 61(12)

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