In her clinical role as a paediatric epileptologist, Dr Sadleir diagnoses and manages children with epilepsy. In this talk, Dr Sadleir will discuss how she is helping to identify and refine emerging genetic epilepsy syndromes, and the genetic abnormalities that cause them. The identification of new epilepsy syndromes and genes leads to a deeper understanding of epilepsy with implications for diagnosis, prognosis, and development of new treatments.
Professor Sadleir has been funded by the Neurological Foundation to research epilepsy in Māori, and to compare the causes and comorbidities in Māori children with epilepsy to non-Māori children with epilepsy.
ABOUT PROFESSOR LYNETTE SADLEIR
Professor Lynette Sadleir joined the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health at the University of Otago in Wellington in 1999 following an Epilepsy Fellowship at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital. She is a physician scientist with expertise in epilepsy and epilepsy genetics. She is also the Director of the Epilepsy Research Group at the University of Otago in Wellington. The Epilepsy Research Group is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy and their families