Sarah Weckhuysen

 

Sarah Weckhuysen is an epileptologist with interest in both clinical epilepsy and genetic research. As a clinician she worked in several tertiary epilepsy centers, including the Epilepsy Center Kempenhaeghe in the Netherlands, the Hôpital Pitié Salpêtrière in Paris, France, and now the University Hospital of Antwerp in Belgium. Her research focuses on the genetics of (early onset) epilepsies and febrile seizures, and the phenotypical delineation of genetic epilepsy syndromes. She obtained a PhD in genetics of epileptic encephalopathies at the Neurogenetics group of the VIB Center of Molecular Neurology in Antwerp, where she is now Principal Investigator of the Epilepsy Projects. The lab’s achievements include many different epilepsy gene discoveries, including the first demonstration that de novo mutations in SCN1A cause severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI or Dravet syndrome) and the description of KCNQ2 encephalopathy.

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