Physician Scientist & Epileptologist
Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO FAA FAHMS is a paediatric neurologist and professor at the University of Melbourne and Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Professor Scheffer is helping to transform the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, a brain disorder characterized by seizures and other symptoms that can be extremely disruptive to the lives of the 50 million people affected by it. She has described several new forms of epilepsy and her research group was the first to uncover a gene for epilepsy and subsequently, many of the genes now known to be implicated. These revolutionary findings, which have already improved diagnosis and treatments for many patients and may lead to the development of new therapies, can also be used for genetic counselling. Professor Scheffer’s goal is to ‘make a major difference to patients and families through science’. Professor Scheffer is a founding fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences and currently its Vice-President.
Professor Scheffer wins 2014 Prime Minister's Prize for Science
Professor Scheffer and Professor Samuel Berkovic have together been awarded the 2014 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science for their long-standing partnership on cracking the genetics of epilepsy. They have received many separate awards and prizes for their work – but this is the first time they have been recognised together. You can read more about this prestigious prize here and here. The scientific pair wrote a piece titled "The genetics of epilepsy: bringing hope to families" for The Conversation.
Professor Scheffer elected an Officer of the Order of Australia and Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
In 2014, Professor Scheffer has been honoured to be elected as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for "distinguished service to medicine in the field of paediatric neurology as a clinician, academic and mentor, and to research into the identification of epilepsy syndromes and genes." You can view the full honours list here or read about the honour here. She was also recently elected a fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, where she presented a talk on Epilepsy Genetics at their annual Shine Dome conference.
A practical, beautiful guide to the ketogenic diet. This book, by epileptologists J Helen Cross & Ingrid E Scheffer and dietitian Judy Nation, aims to make the ketogenic diet simpler to understand and use, with helpful hints, useful resources and delicious recipes!
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The latest research from Prof Scheffer
Prof Scheffer featured in a new video from L'Oréal: