Dr Sophia Varadkar (Chair)
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Dr Sophia Varadkar completed her undergraduate degree at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and her postgraduate medical training in Dublin and London, UK.  She is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust, London, where she is the Chief of Service for the Brain Directorate.  Her clinical work in epilepsy focuses on the Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Service.  She is clinical lead for the Vagus Nerve Stimulation therapy programme at GOSH and is Co-Chair of the UK Paediatric Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) expert group. Sophie is also Chair of the steering committee for the British Paediatric Neurology Association Paediatric Epilepsy Training Programme and is a council member of the International League Against Epilepsy British Branch. Originally from Dublin, she now lives in London with her husband and two children.

Dr Arjune Sen
Consultant Neurologist (Oxford)

I am Consultant Neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Associate Professor at University of Oxford. My interest in epilepsy began in the summer of my first year at Medical School during which I worked with Professor Simon Shorvon and, essentially, that initiated all that has followed. Having finished clinical school and basic medical training in Birmingham, Oxford and London, I completed a PhD at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery with full personal funding from the Medical Research Council and The Guarnators of Brain. The thesis examined the molecular basis of neuronal loss in focal epilepsy and garnered several publications and prizes. After Registrar training in London, I then travelled to Sydney on an Epilepsy Fellowship before starting in Oxford in 2012 I am Head of the Oxford Epilepsy Research Group, a diverse collective that works in most areas of epileptology. My personal interests include autoimmune epilepsy, clinical epileptology and epilepsy genetics. I also work on the intersection between epilepsy and dementia and am increasingly involved in the care of people with epilepsy in low to middle income countries. I led Oxford to be part of EpiCARE, the European Reference Network for Rare and Complex Epilepsies and was elected to Council of the ILAE British Chapter in 2018. I am delighted to have been appointed to the Medical Advisory Board of Ring Chromosome 20 and very much look forward to helping progress management in this and other rare genetic epilepsies.

Dr Archana Desurkar
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist (Sheffield)

Medical education and post-graduation from BJ Medical College, Pune

Specialist Paed Neurology training in the UK , renowned tertiary neurosciences centres (Edinburgh, London)

Post CCT fellowship in Paed EEG and video-telemetries

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

Sheffield Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust UK

Honorary Consultant, Young Epilepsy, UK

On Medical Board Matthew’s Friends - a charity supporting ketogenic diet therapy for epilepsies and metabolic disorders.

Specialist area of expertise: Children’s epilepsies, especially complex epilepsies.

Clinical lead for Ketogenic diet therapy program

Joint Lead for Children’s Epilepsy Surgery Services in Sheffield

Secretary to British Paediatric Epilepsy group.

Scientific Committee of British paediatric Neurology Association

Organising Committee of Paediatric Epilepsies- Expert to Expert Course

National Specialist GLUT1 DS clinics

Teaching on Epilepsy Courses , conceiver and organiser of Paed Neurology Masterclass- Annual Event

PI in a variety of clinical trials related to epilepsy and other neurological problems.

Dr Ailsa McLellan
Consultant Paediatric Neurologist (Edinburgh)

Dr Ailsa McLellan is a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh. She trained in Paediatrics in Edinburgh, Cardiff and Dundee and in Paediatric Neurology in Dundee, Edinburgh, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Miami Children’s Hospital.

Dr McLellan’s area of particular expertise is in Paediatric Epilepsy and she manages a tertiary level epilepsy service with outreach to hospitals in the South-East of Scotland. She manages the teenage epilepsy service, epilepsy transition services, Vagus Nerve Stimulation service and the Ketogenic Diet service. She is lead clinician of the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Surgery Service.

She is interested in education in epilepsy and participates widely in teaching events locally and nationally. She is involved in the development of Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) courses in the UK and internationally.

Her research interests include epilepsy and behaviour, epilepsy and cognitive outcomes, epilepsy and sleep, aetiology of epilepsy, SUDEP and seizure detection.

She was a founder member of the Scottish Paediatric Epilepsy Network (SPEN), lead clinician of SPEN from 2007-2011 and continues to sit on the Advisory Group, Steering Committee and lead on different work streams. She is the past Chair of the British Paediatric Epilepsy Group (special interest group of the British Paediatric Neurology Association) and is currently Professional Support Officer for the BPNA and on the Executive Council of the BPNA.

She is married with 2 teenage children. She enjoys running and indie music!

Dr Dulmini Birkett
Paediatrician (Royal Free London)

I work with children who have epilepsies and disabilities, with a focus on care delivered near home and usually with other professionals to achieve the best day to day life for children and their families. I have been working with colleagues to improve services for children through professional & service networks and by contributing to nationally run training programmes. Having trained in Liverpool, Sheffield and East Anglia, I became a consultant in North London about 10 years ago.