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Dr Gavin Winston
Epilepsy Society MRI Unit
Chesham Lane
Chalfont St Peter
  • MRC Clinician Scientist Fellow
  • Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy
  • Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Dr Gavin Winston is an MRC Clinician Scientist (similar to Assistant Professor) in the Epilepsy Society MRI Unit, Chalfont St Peter and Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London. He is also an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy and is presently a Visiting Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University.

His clinical neurology training was at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square and the Royal Free Hospital and he received his PhD in neuroimaging of epilepsy from University College London. He continues to work closely with the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC) and the Department of Neuroradiology at NHNN to develop imaging techniques for patients with refractory epilepsy undergoing surgical treatment.

He received the Sir Peter Mansfield Prize for innovative technical developments in the field of magnetic resonance in medicine and biology from the British Chapter of the ISMRM in 2011 and his work has featured in the BBC television programme "How Science Changed Our World" describing the top ten scientific breakthroughs in the past 50 years.

He was a member of UCL Academic Board from 2010 until 2016 and is now serves on the course committee for the MSc in Clinical Neurology. He acts as a peer-reviewer for numerous international journals and has been on the editorial board of Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery since its inception. He has chaired sessions at international conferences, given invited lectures internationally and also spoken at events aimed at the general public.

Research Themes
Research Summary

My research focuses on people with refractory focal epilepsy undergoing neurosurgical treatment. Previously I have shown that real-time image-guided surgery in an intraoperative MRI suite reduces the risk of visual field deficits following anterior temporal lobe resection and made available a free online automated hippocampal segmentation service (https://hipposeg.cs.ucl.ac.uk).

My research group aims to improve the detection of the underlying abnormality in patients with normal conventional MRI scans using novel contrasts (e.g. ASL, NODDI, DESPOT) and machine learning techniques in conjunction with UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing. I welcome contact from potential students who wish to work in this area. In addition, we seek to improve the utility of tractography for image guidance of epilepsy surgery.

Teaching Summary

Dr Winston is a lecturer for the MSc in Advanced Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology and the London South Bank University and Epilepsy Society BSc (Hons) Professional Nursing Practice (Neuroscience Care) module. He taught on a neuroimaging workshop for the MSc Clinical Neuroscience and MSc Advanced Neuroimaging courses and supervises MSc students from these programmes on both library and research projects.

He has given bedside teaching to medical students from UCL Medical School, lectured on preparation for neurology finals at the Royal Society of Medicine and on Neurology Clinical Skills Workshops at the University of Nottingham. He was an examiner at the Royal Society of Medicine Young Fellows OSCE Training Days and continues to examine medical students for neurology finals exams and OSCE assessments at UCL Medical School.

He previously organised the Gowers postgraduate teaching round at NHNN, the UCL Institute of Neurology/Epilepsy Society journal club meeting and lectured on neurological presentations for the Charing Cross and St. Mary’s MRCPsych Revision course.

Academic Background
2014 BSc Bachelor of Science – Mathematics and Statistics Open University
2014 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Neuroimaging in Epilepsy University College London
2006 MRCP Member of the Royal College of Physicians – Medicine Royal College of Physicians
2005 ECDL European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) – Computing  
2004 MA Master of Arts – Pharmacology University of Cambridge
2003 BM BCh Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery – Medicine University of Oxford
2000 BA Bachelor of Arts – Pharmacology University of Cambridge
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