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Research Team

Consisting of a multidisciplinary range of experts working across; UCL – Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Young Epilepsy, the team contribute to a wide spectrum of activities from basic science through to patient care.

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Principal investigators

Professor Helen Cross

Professor Helen Cross is The Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurology at UCL-Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Trust and Young Epilepsy.

Read more about the Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy

She is co-chair of the ILAE Task Force for Global Outreach and chair of the Task Force for Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery.

Professor Helen Cross is on the Editorial Board of Epileptic Disorders, Developmental Medicine Child Neurology and European Journal of Paediatric Neurology.

She is clinical advisor to the national Children's Epilepsy Surgery Service and was recently Chair of the evidence update for the NICE guidelines on epilepsy. She started her four year term as Secretary General of the ILAE in June 2013 and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Tartu, Estonia, for her ongoing teaching.

Her research interests include neuroimaging as well as the role of early surgical intervention and new treatments in childhood epilepsy.

Professor Rod Scott

Professor Rod Scott specialises in paediatric neuroscience with a research focus on convulsive status epilepticus (CSE), brain damage and dysfunction associated with childhood epilepsy.

There are ongoing clinical studies evaluating brain abnormality and associated learning impairments following very long seizures (status epilepticus), and investigating long term outcomes from status epilepticus.

He also leads animal model projects investigating the role of inflammation in brain injury associated with status epilepticus and, in collaboration with Dr Gregory Holmes at the University of Vermont, he is investigating the relative impacts of early life seizures and developmental brain abnormalities on long term outcomes.

Professor Christopher Gillberg

Professor Christopher Gillberg, MD, PhD, Knight of the Seraphim Order, was the first Chair of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in Gothenburg in 1986 and is currently the head of the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg University.

He has published more than 600 scientific papers and is the author of 30 books, 12 of which have been published in five or more languages.

Professor Christopher Gillberg is the editor of many of the leading journals in the field of child neurodevelopment including JCPP, DMCN, JADD, JAD, RIDD and ECAP.

He is a visiting or honorary professor at UCL, UCS, NYU, Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities, Bergen and Odense Universities, Koche and Kobe Universities.

He is the winner of many prestigious awards, most recently the 2012 Soderberg medical Prize (“Little Nobel Prize”).

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