NEURO Epilepsy Lecture Series: Neuroimaging in Epilepsy: past, present, future (Virtual)

Thursday, September 15, 2022 16:00to17:00

The 2022-2023 Neuro Epilepsy Lecture Series will include eight lectures covering hot topics in basic and clinical epilepsy research. Speakers will include distinguished leaders and rising stars, with the goal of bridging basic research and clinical perspectives.

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Speaker: John S. Duncan
Professor, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, UK

Abstract: The modern era of neuroimaging applied to epilepsy began 50 years ago with the advent of X-ray CT, followed by Positron Emission Tomography (PET), and then MRI in the 1980s. Over the intervening decades we have seen remarkable developments of the scope and sophistication of structural and functional imaging of the brain that are probing the causes and consequences of the epilepsies. In parallel with the new range of multimodal acquisitions, there has been a tremendous growth of techniques to analyze the vast amounts of data that are now produced and which require a high level of skills in image and signal analysis and in computer-science, to infer changes in brain architecture and function. The challenging complexity of data is met by multidisciplinary teams of clinicians specializing in neurology, neuropsychology and neurosurgery working with experts in data science and genetics to interpret the biological significance of changes in large populations of well-characterized individuals. In order to translate advances to achieve clinical benefit for individual patients with epilepsy, it is necessary to apply a very different mindset and approach to that used in group studies of populations. In the coming decade we anticipate that multimodal neuroimaging will underpin individualized precision in diagnosis and treatment of the epilepsies.

Bio: John Duncan is a Consultant Neurologist specializing in epilepsy, practicing at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and at Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy, His personal research focus is neuroimaging applied to epilepsy surgery. He was appointed Professor of Neurology at the UCL Institute of Neurology in 1998. From 2012 to 2018 he was Clinical Director of the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. He is NIHR Senior Investigator and Governor of UCL Hospitals. In 2004 he received the annual Clinical Research recognition award of the American Epilepsy Society. He is past-President and past treasurer of the UK chapter of ILAE. In 2005 he was elected Ambassador for Epilepsy and to be a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences.

*This event will be held virtually via Zoom

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