4th Annual Scientific Meeting
(26th – 28th August 2015)
Woodward Conference Centre, The University of Melbourne
Adeline Vanderver, MD, is the Director of the Myelin Disorders Clinic at Children’s National Health System Washington, DC. She is an international leader in the study of leukodystrophies, and her research programme is focussed on Aicardi Goutières syndrome, Vanishing White Matter disease, TUBB4A-related hypomyelination and the use of next generation sequencing for undiagnosed leukodystrophies. Dr. Vanderver is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, and Integrative Systems Biology at George Washington University Medical Center. She also works with the National Human Genome Research Institute at the National Institutes of Health. She even appeared on the Australian Story “Cracking The Code” episode on the ABC.
Mary M Reilly is a Consultant Neurologist in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, with a clinical and research interest in peripheral nerve disorders especially inherited neuropathies. Her major research interest in peripheral neuropathies is the molecular basis of the inherited peripheral neuropathies and phenotype / genotype correlations with the aim to understand the pathogenesis of Charcot Marie Tooth. She is also involved in active research into the Hereditary Sensory and Autonomic Neuropathies. Professor Reilly runs one of the only dedicated inherited neuropathy clinic in the UK at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from where many of the patients are recruited for the research studies. She was appointed head of this service in 1998 and Professor of Clinical Neurology at University College London in 2010.
Lieven Lagae is Full Professor at the University of Leuven, Belgium (KUL), Head of the Paediatric Neurology Department of the KUL University Hospitals, and Director of the Childhood Epilepsy Program at the KUL University Hospitals. He is the current President of the European Paediatric Neurology Society and serves as an elected Board Member of the International Child Neurology Association. From 2004 to 2015, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology. His main scientific interest is the relationship between childhood epilepsy and cognitive development. Current epilepsy research projects include: (1) event-related potential (ERP) study of prefrontal functions; (2) translational research in Zebrafish models of epilepsy; (3) new anti-epileptic drugs in childhood epilepsy; (4) brain stimulation in childhood epilepsy; and (5) preventive treatment of epilepsy in tuberous sclerosis.