Sam Berkovic Honoured

The 10th AOEC Chairs and Committees take great pride in congratulating Sam Berkovic on his recent illustrious award. Professor Sam Berkovic, Australia, has been recognised by Queen Elizabeth II for his ground-breaking research on epilepsy genetics receiving the top honour of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). The Honours List represents the highest level of recognition for outstanding achievement and service.

Of the hundreds recognised, only seven people have received the highest distinction of Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) one of which is the 10th AOEC’s guest speaker Sam Berkovic. Melbourne-based Professor Berkovic and his team of scientists discovered the first of the epilepsy genes back in 1995. Since then, they have found a number of other genes linked to epilepsy.

"In terms of the implications for patients, it means it's opened up a new field of diagnostics," he told the ABC. "We hope that it's going to significantly alter treatment."

Professor Berkovic is now working on a pioneering project looking at how to predict seizures in epilepsy patients and is hopeful that this may be achievable in the next five to ten years.

Watch Professor Berkovic talk about his research on http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-01-24/samuel-berkovic-discusses-groundbreaking-work/5216896 and come see him give the Seino Memorial Lecture on Thursday 7th August talking on “Recent advances in molecular genetics of epilepsy” at the 10th AOEC.

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