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consultants

Below is a list of consultants you may meet when you visit the Sir William Gowers Centre.

Professor Ley Sander, medical director

Professor Ley Sander was appointed medical director of Epilepsy Society in February 2012. He is professor of neurology and clinical epilepsy and honorary consultant neurologist with a specialist interest in epilepsy.

Ley heads the World Health Organisation Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Neurosciences in London and is also director for scientific research at SEIN, the Epilepsy Institutes of the Netherlands Foundation.

His research interests include looking at the incidence and prevalence of epilepsy in large populations and investigating its cause and source; and the genetics of the epilepsies.

Ley is also interested in the management of epilepsy in resource-poor countries.

Professor Sanjay Sisodiya

Professor Sanjay Sisodiya is professor of neurology at Epilepsy Society and University College London’s Institute of Neurology He is also honorary consultant neurologist at Epilepsy Society and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

Sanjay leads the genetic research team at Epilepsy Society, looking at the causes of epilepsy, treatment responses and outcomes, drug resistance, pathology and population genetics.

Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn

Dr Fergus Rugg-Gunn is a consultant neurologist at Epilepsy Society and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. His particular interests include the powerful new scanning techniques that are advancing our ability to map the brain, such as magneto-encephalography (MEG), positron emission tomography (PET) and single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT).

Professor Matthias Koepp

Professor Matthias Koepp is professor of neurology at Epilepsy Society and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He oversees the medical care of people with complex epilepsy and associated learning and physical disabilities at the Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire. His particular interests include generalised epilepsy, epilepsy and associated disorders such as depression, and non-epileptic attack disorders. His research interests include functional imaging, drug resistance and novel antiepileptic strategies.

Dr Pam Thompson

Dr Pam Thompson is head of psychology at Epilepsy Society, and consultant neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College, London Hospital Trust. Her research includes the psychological impact of epilepsy and its treatment; memory disorders and memory rehabilitation; the cognitive and psychiatric consequences of temporal lobe surgery.

Dr Sallie Baxendale

Dr Sallie Baxendale is a consultant neuropsychologist with Epilepsy Society and University College London’s Institute of Neurology. She has worked with people with epilepsy for 20 years.

Sallie has published over 60 scientific papers on a wide range of topics in epilepsy. Her current research interests include memory function in epilepsy, outcomes following epilepsy surgery, alternative treatments for epilepsy and the study of stigma and representations of epilepsy in the media. She has recently published a book on Epilepsy: Complementary and alternative treatments.

Brian Fitzgerald, neuropsychiatrist

Brian Fitzgerald has been a consultant psychiatrist since 1999 and has worked with Epilepsy Society since 2003. He also works in the Central and West London NHS Trust. Brian was involved in developing the latest revision of the NICE guidelines for adults and children with epilepsy. He has been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatry Intellectual Disability Faculty for two years.