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Ellen Mayston Bates Professor of Epileptology

Congratulations to Professor Colin Doherty who takes up his post as the Ellen Mayston Bates Professor of Epileptology from July 2020.

Colin Doherty is a consultant neurologist at St James's Hospital and has just been appointed to the Ellen Mayston Bates Chair in Epileptology at Trinity College Dublin School of Health Sciences.

Colin's undergraduate degree was awarded by UCD (1991) and he trained in Medicine and Neurology at St Vincent's and Beaumont Hospitals Dublin, and later at the Partners Neurology Residency Programme at Harvard Medical School, Boston (Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts general Hospital) where he was Chief Resident in 2001. He then completed Fellowships in Epilepsy and Cognition at MGH (2001-2003).

Colin has published widely in the areas of brain imaging in epilepsy, the genetics of epilepsy, functional imaging of language, dementia, clinical epileptology and brain injury.

In the past few years he has become interested in the challenges of population health, health services research and care delivery in epilepsy, particularly the development of co-designing services, and service transformation driven by patient preference, digital health and virtual care. He has published recently on national issues regarding epilepsy care including : evidence-based pathways, national mortality estimates and national prescribing rates.

Colin is a Principal investigator at the SFI funded FutureNeuro Center.

He was a member of the Irish government's expert group on resource allocation in the health sector (2011). He was a member of the National Clinical Effectiveness Committee in Ireland (2011-2015). He was a board member of the Health Research Board (2010-15) and is a founder member and Medical Director of Epilepsy Research Ireland (ERI). He was the National Clinical Lead for the Epilepsy Care Programme in Ireland for 8 years, with a charge to develop epilepsy services nationally to improve quality of care, access for patients. Recently he has taken up the role of clinical lead for women's health in epilepsy.