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Prof Sam Berkovic



Address: Epilepsy Research Centre
Level 2, Melbourne Brain Centre
245 Burgundy Street
Austin Health
Heidelberg 3084
Telephone: +613 9035 7330
Fax: +613 9496 2291
Email: s.berkovic@unimelb.edu.au


Academic Appointments:

  Laureate Professor, Dept of Medicine, Austin Health, University of Melbourne
  Australia Fellow, (NHMRC), University of Melbourne
  Adjunct Professor (Chair), Dept of Neurology and Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, McGill University, Canada
  Scientific Director, Brain Research Institute, Melbourne
  Director, Epilepsy Research Centre, Melbourne


Clinical Appointments:

  Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Austin Health, Melbourne
  Honorary Neurologist, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne


Fellowships, Honours, & Awards:

2010 NHMRC Excellence Award: Achievement Award for Highest Ranked Program Grant.
2009 Bethlehem Griffiths Research Foundation Medal for outstanding contributions in Australia to neurological disease.
2007 Fellow of The Royal Society elected for his substantial contribution to the clinical classification and underlying biology or epilepsy syndromes.
2007 Australia Fellowship awarded by the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia.
2006 Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Medal awarded for Excellence in Biomedical Research.
2006 Royal Society of Victoria Research Medal for 2006 awarded for Scientific Research in Human Health or Medical Sciences (Human).
2006 Curtin Medal for 2005 For outstanding contribution to Australian Medical Science.
2005 Zulch Prize for Basic Neurological Research. This award from the Max Planck Society, Germany recognises outstanding achievements in the field of basic neurology research.
2005 Ambassador for Epilepsy This title was bestowed by the Joint executive of the International League Against Epilepsy and the International Bureau for Epilepsy.
2005 Member of the Order of Australia
2005 Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science
2002 Eccles Lecturer of the Australian Neuroscience Society and the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia. This lectureship is awarded to a neuroscientist to communicate with both laboratory-based neuroscientists and clinicians on a topic of interest.
2002 Distinguished Scientist Award of the Austin and Repatriation Medical Centre.
2002 GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence. This award is for distinguished discovery and its demonstrated or potential use in the field of human health, provided the work is carried out mainly in Australia.
2001 Novartis Prize for Epilepsy Research. This international award is in recognition of outstanding research in the field of epilepsy over the preceding period of four years.
2000 Peter Bladin Prize of the Epilepsy Society of Australia. Inaugural award of the Society for major contributions to the field of Epilepsy.
1997 Selwyn-Smith Medical Research Prize of the University of Melbourne. This award is given every three years to the candidate who submits a record of original research which is judged to have made the most important contribution to medicine during the previous three years.
1995 Epilepsy Research Recognition Award for the American Epilepsy Society. This is the major award of the Society "for work that holds important promise for the improved understanding, diagnosis and treatment of childhood-onset epilepsy". The award citation emphasized contributions to the genetics of epilepsy, especially the identification of the first specific molecular defect in an idiopathic epilepsy.
1993 Eric Susman Prize of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians for the best contribution, as adjudged by the Council of the College, by a Fellow to the knowledge of any branch of internal medicine.
1987 Honourable Mention in the Weir Mitchell Award of the American Academy of Neurology for a manuscript entitled "Myoclonus epilepsy and ragged-red fibers."


Academic Qualifications:

M.B. B.S. University of Melbourne, 1977
B.MedSci University of Melbourne, 1977
M.D. University of Melbourne, 1985
F.R.A.C.P. Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1985



Details of publications can be found on Prof Sam Berkovic's University of Melbourne Profile.

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