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Dr Umesh Vivekananda
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
Queen Square
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  • Honorary Senior Research Fellow
  • Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy
  • UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

MRC New Investigator 2020-

NIHR Future Leader 2020

Clinical Research Associate, DCEE, Institute of Neurology 2017-2018

Neurology registrar St George's Hospital 2015-2017

Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Training Fellow 2011-2015

Research Summary

My PhD was entitled 'Presynaptic action potential modulation in a neurological channelopathy' and involved using a novel high resolution microscopy technique termed Hopping Probe Ion Conductance Microscopy or HPICM to demonstrate

1. The first reported channel recordings from submicrometer sized presynaptic boutons in hippocampal neuronal culture

2. The effect of Kv1.1 on action potential waveform and analog-digital facilitation in the channelopathy Episodic Ataxia Type 1.

My postdoctoral research is now focussing on human epilepsy and in particular the use of

1. MEG and the development of novel room temperature OPM sensors for functional imaging of epileptic activity

2. Intracranial EEG (involving stimulation) and single unit recording to further understand epileptogenesis and cognition in epilepsy

3. Use of ex vivo human tissue for genetic analysis and the role of calcium dynamics in the epileptic brain

Teaching Summary

Primary supervisor for three MSc Neuroscience students, Research Associate 

Secondary supervisor for PhD candidate, BSc student

01-FEB-2019 – 01-FEB-2023 NIHR Clinical Lecturer Dept Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy Institute of Neurology, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2017   Doctor of Philosophy University College London
2007   Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery King's College London
2004   Bachelor of Science King's College London
    Master of Arts/Bachelor of Arts Oriel College Oxford
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