PROF Sam Berkovic

PROF Sam Berkovic


  • Epilepsy (Seizures, ion channels)
  • Neurogenetics (Linkage analysis, ion channels)
  • Sleep disorders (Narcolepsy, Parasomnias)



  • Samuel F. Berkovic AM, MD, FAA, FRACP, FRS Samuel Berkovic is Laureate Professor in the Department of Medicine, University of Melbourne, and Director of the Epilepsy Research Centre at Austin Health. He is a clinical neurologist and clinical researcher with a special interest in establishing close research links with basic scientists. His group, together with molecular genetic collaborators in Adelaide and Germany, discovered the first gene for epilepsy in 1995 and subsequently have been involved the discovery of many of the known epilepsy genes. This has changed the conceptualisation of the causes of epilepsy and is having a major impact on epilepsy research, and on strategies for diagnosis and development of new treatments. He is currently a principal investigator of Epi4K, the NINDS Epilepsy Genetics ‘Center without Walls’. He also has active research interests in surgical evaluation and outcome, new onset seizures, treatment of epilepsy and imaging in epilepsy and in Australia heads a large Program Grant integrating genetic, imaging and physiological studies in epilepsy. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007.    


Member of

  • American Neurological Association. Corresponding Member 2004 -
  • American Epilepsy Society. Corresponding Member 1994 -
  • American Academy of Neurology. Associate Clinical Member 1990 -
  • Epilepsy Society of Australia. Full Member 1988 -
  • Australian Association of Neurologists. Full Member 1981 -


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • MD, University of Melbourne 1985
  • MB BS, University of Melbourne 1977
  • BMedSc, University of Melbourne 1977

Awards and honors

  • Fellow of the Royal Society, 2007
  • Member of the Order of Australia, AM, 2005
  • Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, 2005
  • Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, 1984



Available for supervision

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