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A/Prof. Sandra Petty MBBS FRACP PhD is an academic and clinical neurologist focussing on epilepsy and its co-morbidities. She undertook combined clinical and research training in neurology and in bone health. She is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Melbourne Medical School, involved in teaching and medical student curriculum development, particularly transition to medical practice and medical cognizance. She completed specialist training in Neurology in 2006 and currently works in epilepsy at St Vincent’s Hospital and at Alfred Health in Melbourne. Dr. Petty is a Director of the Brain Foundation of Victoria, and is an honorary Fellow of Ormond College at The University of Melbourne. She was awarded her PhD 2009, examining bone health, body composition, falls and fracture risk in twins and siblings discordant for anti-epileptic medication use. Dr. Petty completed postdoctoral work utilising a mouse primary calvarial osteoblast model and patch clamping technique to examine effects of epilepsy medications on ion channels in osteoblasts.

Dr. Petty is keen to facilitate transparent reporting of results in biomedical research - particularly regarding studies where there are negative or inconclusive results. This facilitates communication of results between scientists and clinicians, and will improve research efficiency and better inform research study design and ultimately, patient care.

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

Research area keywords

  • Neurology
  • Epilepsy