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Professor Patrick Kwan 

Department of Neuroscience research groups - Kwan Lab

Patrick Kwan is a Professor of Neurology in the Department of Neuroscience within the Central Clinical School, and Consultant Neurologist and Head of Epilepsy at Alfred Health.

In addition, he is Co-Director of Monash Institute of Medical Engineering (MIME), a unique cross-faculty platform that supports research and promotes commercialisation of engineering solutions for unmet clinical needs.

He is a medical specialist in neurology and an international authority in epileptology and antiepileptic drug development. He is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Kwan’s research portfolio encompasses both applied basic science and clinical aspects to improve the treatment outcomes of epilepsy. His research goal is to realise personalised epilepsy management through understanding the long term outcomes, identifying factors that affect treatment response and mechanisms of drug resistance, and discovering novel molecular targets for the treatment and prevention of epilepsy. He has a particular interest in harnessing technologies to solve clinical problems. He supervises a highly multidisciplinary, integrated research team that spans across genomics, human stem cells, animal models, bioengineering, artificial intelligence, bio-databanks and clinical trials. He has extensive national and international collaborations in academia, hospitals and MedTech industry.

He has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles that have been cited for more than 27,000 times. He ranks top 0.01% of 115,891 published authors worldwide on epilepsy. @patrick_kwan

Research interests

1. Artificial intelligence models for personalised outcomes prediction and treatment selection

2. Stem cell-derived neuronal platform for disease modelling and personalised drug discovery

3. Biosensors for point-of-care molecular diagnosis and pharmacogenetic screening

4. Next generation non-invasive wearables for seizure and health monitoring

Education/Academic qualification

Clinical Medicine, MB, BChir, University of Cambridge

Medicine and Therapeutics, PhD, University of Glasgow

Preclinical Medicine, BMedSci, University of Nottingham

External positions

Honorary Clinical Professor, University College London

1 Dec 202130 Nov 2026

Head of Epilepsy, Alfred Health

2 Oct 2017 → …

Research area keywords

  • Epilepsy
  • Point-of-care Diagnostics
  • Machine and Deep Learning Models
  • stem cell research
  • Genomics & Transcriptomics
  • Outcomes Research
  • Wearable Sensors


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