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Dr Gavin Winston
Epilepsy Society MRI Unit
Chesham Lane
Chalfont St Peter
Buckinghamshire
SL9 0RJ
Appointment
  • Honorary Associate Professor
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Biography

Dr Gavin Winston is an Honorary Associate Professor in the Epilepsy Society MRI Unit, Chalfont St Peter and Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London and was previously an MRC Clinician Scientist (Assistant Professor) for 2015-2018. He is Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy and was recently a Visiting Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University (2017-2018). He will join as Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and Centre for Neuroscience, Queen's University, Canada from 2019.


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 has been working on improving 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. In addition, we have improved the utility of tractography for image guidance of epilepsy surgery particularly through automation of this technique.


Future work will further explore microstructural and perfusion imaging and investigate neuroimaging biomarkers of cognitive impairment in newly diagnosed epilepsy. Note that I have recently relocated to Queen's University, Canada and will therefore be accepting students for the 2019/2020 academic year onwards (including summer students in 2019).

Teaching Summary

Dr Winston was 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 supervised 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 has examined 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
2015 CCST Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training – Neurology Royal College of Physicians
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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