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13/11/2018

Epilepsy Society's Head of Psychology is awarded Excellence in Epilepsy Award

Congratulations goes to Epilepsy Society's Dr Pam Thompson, who has recently been awarded the 2018 Excellence in Epilepsy Award by the British Chapter of International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

The honour is for her lifetime achievement in the field of epilepsy. The award was presented at the ILAE's conference in Birmingham in September. This is the first time that a psychologist has won this award.

Dr Thompson heads the Psychology service  at the Chalfont Centre in Buckinghamshire, where she has worked for over 40 years. She is also a consultant  neuropsychologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, University College London Hospital.

Pam said: "it is a tremendous honour to receive this award and it reflects highly on the Epilepsy Society. It was astounding and I am thrilled to be the recipient of such a prestigious award".

This is not Pam's first award for epilepsy, as she was given the status of  Ambassador for Epilepsy over 10 years ago. This award is presented to selected people worldwide.

Pam's enduring interest in epilepsy began in the late 1970s when she embarked on her PhD research on the cognitive effects of antiepileptic medications. Over the intervening  years, in addition to establishing a world renowned clinical service she has been responsible for stimulating, designing, co-ordinating and collaborating on research studies on neuropsychological aspects of epilepsy.

Her research includes studies on the psychological impact of epilepsy and its treatment; memory disorders and memory rehabilitation and the cognitive and psychiatric consequences of temporal lobe surgery.