Personal details:

Born London, June 17 1948
Educated at the City of London School 1960-67
Married with one son

Medical education:

1967-1973: Preclinical studies, Trinity College, Cambridge University; clinical studies, St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School, London University.


BA (Cantab) 1970, BCHIR (Cantab) 1973, MB (Cantab) 1974, MA (Cantab) 1974, MRCP (UK) 1975, MD (Cantab) 1983, FRCP (UK) 1990.

Medical posts:

  • 1973-1983: Junior medical posts at St Thomas Hospital, the Manchester Royal Infirmary, the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, St Steven’s Hospital in Chelsea, the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery Queen Square and Maida Vale, Kings College Hospital in London and the University of Virginia USA.
  • 1983: Appointed Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, and Senior Lecturer in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square London, where he has worked ever since.

Professorial positions:

  • Awarded Personal Chair in Neurology at the Institute of Neurology in 1995, then the Established Chair in Clinical Neurology at UCL and Chairmanship of UCL University Department of Clinical Neurology in 1998.
  • Visiting professorships held at the universities of Auckland, Keele, Melbourne and Singapore

Other honorary and secretary of state appointments have included:

  • President Joint Neuroscience Council
  • Harveian Librarian and member of Council, Royal College of Physicians
  • President, Neurosciences Section, Royal Society of Medicine
  • Medical Director of the National Society for Epilepsy
  • Chairman, Medical Committee, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
  • Vice President and Member of the Executive Committee of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE)
  • Joint Editor-in-Chief of the scientific journal Epilepsia
  • President and secretary of British Chapter of International League Against Epilepsy
  • Non-Exec Director of the Royal National Orthopedic Hospital NHS Trust
  • Guarantor of Brain
  • Clinical SubDean and Postgraduate Tutor for UCL Institute of Neurology Clinical Clinical Lead of eBrain
  • Member of the Medical Panel of the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA)
  • Member of the Medical Panel of the Disability Living Allowance Board

Prizes awarded have included:

  • 2016 – Epilepsy Excellence Award (an annual prize awarded by the British Chapter of ILAE for lifetime contribution to epilepsy and epilepsy research)
  • 2011 – TS Srinivasan Award (a prize awarded by the TS Srinivasan Foundation for Lifetime Achievement in neurological research)
  • 2010 – Lennox Prize (an annual prize awarded by the American Epilepsy Society for lifetime contribution to epilepsy and epilepsy research)
  • 2008 – European Epileptology Prize (a prize awarded every two years by the ILAE Commission on European Affairs for lifetime contribution to epilepsy and epilepsy research in Europe)
  • 2000 – Gopalakrishna Foundation endowment for Lifetime Achievement
  • 1995 – Ambassador for Epilepsy award, by the ILAE

Teaching and education:

  • 1983-2017: Training of junior staff in neurology, and especially in the field of epilepsy. Over 200 specialist registrars have passed through his service during this time.
  • 1987-2015: Principal supervisor of the PhD (or MD research) degrees of 27 doctors of whom: 23 are now consultant neurologists with an interest in epilepsy, 6 hold university chairs and 3 are now Deans or Directors of their home departments.
  • 2003-2016: Clinical SubDean at the UCL Institute of Neurology, a post with oversight of the training of postgraduate research students, UCL Faculty Divisional Graduate Tutor, Chair Education Committee, Director of the boards of examiners of four UCL MSc degrees.
  • 1983-2018: Invited lectures widely in Britain and internationally (over 250 lectures in different medical and clinical conferences/workshops/courses).
  • 2009-2018: Clinical Lead in the e-Learning project e-Learning in Healthcare and ebrain
  • 1982-2018: Membership or Chairmanship on the organising or scientific committees of over 60 congresses including ILAE congresses at national, regional and international levels, NATO scientific congress on Magnetic Resonance Scanning in Epilepsy, seven London-Innsbruck Colloquia on Status Epilepticus


  • 1983-2017: In his University appointment he has led a research team in the field of clinical and translational research in epilepsy. This research has included work on epidemiology, clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, magnetic resonance imaging, aetiology and health service policy.
  • 1983-2017: His research has been supported by grants from Brain Research Trust, British Epilepsy Association Research Foundation, Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Action Research, Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, NATO Scientific Division, UK Government Department of Health, UK Government Department of Trade and Industry, European Community, Patrick Berthould Trust, National Health Service Executive, industry, Susan Wright estate, and National Society for Epilepsy.


  • 2006-2013: Editor in Chief of Epilepsia
  • 1992-2015: Membership of editorial boards of  the following scientific journals: Brain, Current Medical Contents – Neurology, Epilepsy Research, European Neurology, Epilepsia, Epilepsy and Behaviour, Human Genomics, Neurocritical care
  • Editor of following series: Current Opinion in Neurology, epilepsy, 500 reflections on the Royal College of Physicians, Epilepsia supplements

Personal interests:

A longstanding interest in, and support of, disability rights, human rights and free speech. He has been a member of Amnesty International and Index On Censorship and supporter of libel reform campaign and charities for neurological disease, epilepsy, head injured and disabled children. He has served on the Board of Governors of two British epilepsy charities, the Epilepsy Society and the Action Epilepsy.

Outside epilepsy and neurology, main interest is in graphic art and music. He is a supporter of the Pissarro archive at the Ashmolean Museum and has written on the life of Lucien Pissarro and the history of his printing press, the Eragny Press, and twentieth Century European Classical Music (and was the guest on the radio programme Private Passions on 12 August 2000, discussing this).

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