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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 an Honorary Consultant Neurologist at Alfred Health. 

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. 

External positions

Honorary Consultant in Neurology, Alfred Health

1 Jan 2021 → …

Director, Comprehensive Epilepsy Program, Austin Health

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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