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Dr. Shobi Sivathamboo is internationally recognised for her work on sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). She leads the SUDEP research group at Monash University, which has a focus on uncovering the incidence and biomarkers for SUDEP risk, as well as developing novel technologies for out-of-hospital seizure detection, timely alerts, and early detection of high-risk individuals.

She completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne in 2019 on cardiorespiratory function in epilepsy, which discovered that ~10% of patients with chronic drug-resistant epilepsy had serious cardiac abnormalities identified through long-term subcutaneous monitoring, that went undetected from routine epilepsy and cardiac investigations.

She has obtained funding totalling >$2.5M from competitive and industry funding bodies, and currently holds an NHMRC Emerging Leadership Grant. She has published in several leading peer-reviewed journals and been an invited speaker at various national and international forums, including the International Epilepsy Congress, Epilepsy Society of Australia, and the Canadian League Against Epilepsy. She is a member of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) SUDEP Task Force. She is a principal investigator for the largest global efforts to study SUDEP risk factors and biomarkers across 86 epilepsy centres.

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

External positions

Research Fellow, Alfred Hospital

8 Apr 2019 → …

Research area keywords

  • Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP)
  • Cardiac disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Seizure detection
  • Wearables

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