Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital, Darent Valley Hospital & Honorary Consultant Neurologist in the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery specialising in brainstem and autonomic disorders. Initially graduated from the University of Queensland, he trained extensively in general medicine and neurology in Australia and New Zealand before completing his neurology training at the Institute of Neurological Studies in Glasgow and commencing training in the neurophysiology of autonomic function. This continued in London at the Maudsley Hospital where he completed his MD in the use of cardiac autonomic regulation as a surrogate marker for NREM sleep drive and seizure risk in epilepsy patients.
He has collaborated with cardiologists and international units in Europe in developing a greater understanding of the regulation of cardio-respiratory reflexes and their roles in episodic disorders, particularly syncope, seizures, Sudden Unexpected death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) and dissociative attacks. This includes neurodevelopmental disorders such as Rett Syndrome, the classical brainstem disorder.
He set up the King’s College Hospital autonomic service in 2005 providing both a clinical and a laboratory service to the south east which has continued to expand and now works collaboratively with the autonomic unit at NHNN.
He has received grants from Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust, Epilepsy Research UK, The Charles Sykes Epilepsy Research Trust and SUDEP Action. He has authored a number of papers and book chapters.
His current major interest is in brainstem contributions to SUDEP.