Professor Lynette Sadleir

Professor Lynette Sadleir is a physician scientist with expertise in epilepsy and is the director of the Epilepsy Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington.

Professor Lynette Sadleir is a physician scientist with expertise in epilepsy and is the director of the Epilepsy Research Group at the University of Otago, Wellington.

The Epilepsy Research Group is committed to improving the quality of life for individuals with epilepsy and their families. Their aims are to identify new and define emerging types of epilepsy, to discover the genes that cause epilepsy, and to work toward precision medicine with targeted therapies.

Professor Sadleir joined the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health in 1999 following the completion of an epilepsy fellowship at British Columbia’s Children’s Hospital in Canada.

In her clinical role as a paediatric epileptologist, she diagnosed and managed children living with epilepsy and reports paediatric electroencephalograms for the Wellington Region.

She has an active teaching role and is passionate about increasing the epilepsy knowledge of undergraduate, postgraduate and paediatric trainees.

She is the president of the New Zealand League Against Epilepsy and a member of both the Ministry of Health Complex Epilepsy Improvement Technical Advisory Group and the Paediatric Society’s Neurology Clinical Network Clinical Reference Group. She also is co-leading the development of New Zealand guidelines for the diagnosis and management of paediatric epilepsy.



Research Projects



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