Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer

3 December 2019

New member of BDSRA Australia Medical and Scientific Advisory Board

We are delighted to introduce another member of our Medical and Scientific Advisory Board, Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO MBBS PhD FAA FAHMS.

Professor Scheffer is a physician-scientist whose work as a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist at the University of Melbourne and the Florey Institute has led the field of epilepsy genetics over more than 25 years, in collaboration with Professor Samuel Berkovic and molecular geneticists. This resulted in identification of the first epilepsy gene and many genes subsequently.

Her major interests are in the genetics of the epilepsies, epilepsy syndromology and classification, and translational research. She collaborates on research on the genetics of speech and language disorders, autism spectrum disorders, cortical malformations and intellectual disability.
Prof. Scheffer led the first major reclassification of the epilepsies in 28 years, published in March 2017, for the International League Against Epilepsy. In 2014, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and also as Vice-President and Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. She was a co-recipient of the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. In 2018 she was elected to the Royal Society (London).

We are thrilled to have you on board, Professor Scheffer!