Piero Perucca


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Piero Perucca, MD, PhD, FRACP is Associate Professor of Adult Epilepsy at the Department of Medicine (Austin Health), Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne, and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at Austin Health. He is also Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Neuroscience, Central Clinical School, Monash University, and holds honorary appointments at Alfred Health and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. 

He received his MD and Specialist-in-Neurology degrees from the University of Pavia, Italy. He undertook higher training in epileptology at the Neurological Institute of New York, Columbia University, USA; University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University, USA; the Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University, Canada; and The Royal Melbourne Hospital. He obtained his PhD from The University of Melbourne, with studies focused on the role of genetic factors in the aetiology of focal epilepsies and in the outcomes of epilepsy therapy.

His main research interests include the genetics of epilepsy, electroencephalography, the pharmacological and surgical treatment of epilepsy, and genomic and electrophysiological biomarkers of epilepsy outcomes. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

External positions

Honorary Consultant in Neurology, Alfred Hospital

1 Jan 2021 → …

Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Austin Health

1 Jan 2021 → …

Honorary Clinician - Research, Royal Melbourne Hospital

1 Jan 2021 → …

Associate Professor of Adult Epilepsy, University of Melbourne

1 Jan 2021 → …

Research area keywords

  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy
  • Genetics
  • EEG
  • Antiepileptic drugs
  • Epilepsy surgery
  • Focal epilepsy
  • Teratogenesis


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