Maria Paola Canevini (Italy)

Director of the Neurology

I worked in the Epilepsy field since my first years of training in Neurology. I was a clinical fellow at NINDS-NIH, Bethesda-USA and after I developed my career in Epilepsy in Milan. I worked on rare diseases with epilepsy. I contributed to the description of the phenotype of ring 20 since 1995. In our Epilepsy Center we take care both of children and adults. Teaching and research activity is also mainly related to rare epilepsies. San Paolo Epilepsy Center participates to the activities of the ERN EPICARE. We participate to clinical trials in the area of drug resistant epilepsies.I am also the Director of the Neurology unit at San Paolo Hospital in Milan that comprehends also an Autism Spectrum Disorder Center and an ADHD Center. I have been involved in the activities of scientific societies as an elected member (Italian League against epilepsy, European Epilepsy Academy, International bureau for Epilepsy) and as a member of Commissions in the International League against Epilepsy.
Prof Maria Canevini

Meet the team at Ring20

Medical Advisors at Ring20


Antonio Gil-Nagel (Spain)

Chief Medical Advisor (SAB Chair)

Rhys Thomas

Rhys Thomas (UK)

Ring20 Deputy Medical Advisor


Kentaro Tokumoto (Japan)


Yushi Inoue

Yushi Inoue (Japan)

Epileptologist and psychiatrist

Ken Myers

Ken Myers (Canada)

Paediatric neurologist clinician-scientist and assistant professor

Ramki Rajagopalan

Ramakrishnan (Ramki) Rajagopalan (USA)

Lead Research Bioinformaticist

Nancy Spinner

Nancy Spinner (USA)

Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

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Alexander Rotenberg (USA)

Professor of Neurology


Lieven Lagae (Belgium)

Professor Paediatric Neurology

Angela Peron

Angela Peron (Italy)

Associate professor of Medical Genetics

Prof Maria Canevini

Maria Paola Canevini (Italy)

Director of the Neurology


Simona Balestrini (Italy/UK)

Associate Professor of Child Neurology

Phil Tittensor

Phil Tittensor (UK)

Consultant Nurse

Sarah Tittensor

Sarah Tittensor (UK)

Learning disability nurse


Ailsa McLellan (UK)

Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

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Archana Desurkar (UK)

Medical Advisor

Arjune Sen

Arjune Sen (UK)

Medical Advisor

Meet the Ring20 Trustees


Tim Buckinx (Patient Representative)


Dale Ward3

Dale Ward (Patient Representative)



Kim Parks (Treasurer)



Lydia Hirst (Chair)