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

Dr Gavin Winston is an Associate Professor of Neurology in the Department of Medicine and Centre for Neuroscience, Queen's University, Canada and an Honorary Associate Professor, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, London where I was previously an MRC Clinician Scientist (2015-2018). I was recently a Visiting Professor at the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University (2017-2018) and was previously an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London and Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy.

Dr Winston undertook his medical degree at the University of Cambridge and University of Oxford and his subsequent neurology training was at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN), Queen Square and the Royal Free Hospital, London. He received his PhD in Neuroimaging of Epilepsy from University College London supported by an MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowship and supervised by Professor John Duncan.

Dr Winston’s clinical interest is in the treatment of people with refractory focal epilepsy and undertaking assessment for epilepsy surgery, and he has now established a first seizure clinic at Kingston Health Sciences Centre (KHSC) covering South Eastern Ontario. His research aims to improve the treatment of patients with refractory focal epilepsy and to better understand the comorbidities by applying computational neuroimaging approaches in collaboration with the UCL Centre for Medical Image Computing (CMIC).

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 awarded an American Epilepsy Society Young Investigator Award and ILAE Europe Leadership Development Scholarship in 2018.

Dr Winston was a member of UCL Academic Board (2010-2016) and undertakes peer review for over 30 international journals and grant awarding bodies and has been on the editorial board of Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery since its inception. He has published around 50 peer-reviewed papers, chaired sessions at international conferences, given invited lectures internationally and also spoken at events aimed at the general public.

Research Themes
Research Summary

Dr Winston’s research focuses on developing and applying computational neuroimaging approaches to assist people with refractory focal epilepsy undergoing neurosurgical treatment, and to better understand the cognitive comorbidities and outcomes from surgery.

Previously he has 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 (Hipposeg).

More recently, his 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, he is improving 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 is committed to teaching and was elected an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. He 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 the MSc Clinical Neuroscience and MSc Advanced Neuroimaging courses and has supervised over 10 graduate students.

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
2018   Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2015   Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training Royal College of Physicians
2014   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2014   Bachelor of Science Open University
2012   Diploma in Mathematics Open University
2010   Diploma in Statistics Open University
2006   Member of the Royal College of Physicians Royal College of Physicians
2005   European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)  
2004   Master of Arts University of Cambridge
2003   Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery University of Oxford
2000   Bachelor of Arts University of Cambridge
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