Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO

Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer AO

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Laureate Professor Ingrid Scheffer is a physician-scientist whose work as a paediatric neurologist and epileptologist at the University of Melbourne 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 more genes subsequently. Professor Scheffer has described many novel epilepsy syndromes and refined genotype–phenotype correlation. She recently led the first major reclassification of the epilepsies in three decades as Chair of the International League Against Epilepsy Commission for Classification and Terminology. She has received many awards: 2007 American Epilepsy Society Clinical Research Recognition Award, 2009 RACP Eric Susman Prize, 2013 GSK Award for Research Excellence, ILAE Ambassador for Epilepsy Award, 2013 Australian Neuroscience Medallion, 2013 Emil Becker Prize for child neurology and the L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for 2012. In 2014, she was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and also elected as Vice-President of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. In the same year, Professor Scheffer was awarded the Order of Australia in the Queens Birthday Honours List and, together with Professor Berkovic, was awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science. In 2018, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society. 

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