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Professor Patrick Kwan 

Department of Neuroscience research groups - Kwan Lab

Patrick is a Professor in the Van Cleef Centre for Nervous Diseases, Department of Neuroscience, within the Central Clinical School, and Consultant Neurologist and Head of the Epilepsy Clinic at Alfred Health.

He is a medical specialist in neurology and an international authority in epileptology and antiepileptic drug development. 

Professor Kwan’s research portfolio encompasses both applied basic science and clinical aspects to improve the treatment outcomes of epilepsy. His research is focused on understanding the effects of long term treatment, identifying factors that affect outcomes, mechanisms of drug resistance, identifying novel molecular targets for the treatment and prevention of epilepsy and translating research findings into the practice of personalized medicine for epilepsy.


Research area keywords

  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Drug Development

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Projects 2017 2022

Research Output 2001 2019

Bilateral volume reduction in posterior hippocampus in psychosis of epilepsy

Allebone, J., Kanaan, R., Maller, J., O'Brien, T., Mullen, S. A., Cook, M., Adams, S. J., Vogrin, S., Vaughan, D. N., Connelly, A., Kwan, P., Berkovic, S. F., D'Souza, W. J., Jackson, G., Velakoulis, D. & Wilson, S. J., 16 May 2019, In : Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. 90, 6, p. 688-694 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Commentary on “Do neurologists agree in diagnosing drug resistance in adults with focal epilepsy?”

Kwan, P., 1 Jun 2019, In : Epilepsia. 60, 6, p. 1124-1125 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Comparing two classification schemes for seizures and epilepsy in rural China

Wang, F., Chen, Z., Davagnanam, I., Hoskote, C., Ding, D., Wang, W., Yang, B., Wang, Y., Wang, T., Li, W., Sander, J. W. & Kwan, P., 1 Mar 2019, In : European Journal of Neurology. 26, 3, p. 422-427 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Cross-ethnicity tagging SNPs for HLA alleles associated with adverse drug reaction

Erlichster, M., Goudey, B., Skafidas, E. & Kwan, P., 1 Jun 2019, In : The Pharmacogenomics Journal. 19, 3, p. 230-239 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Determining the cost of first-ever seizures: A narrative review and future directions

Foster, E., Ademi, Z., Lawn, N., Chen, Z., Carney, P., Liew, D., O'Brien, T. J. & Kwan, P., 1 Jan 2019, In : Epilepsy and Behavior. 90, p. 291-294 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorialOtherpeer-review