Dr Simon Keller BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, FHEA

Senior Lecturer Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology

Biography

Personal Statement

Currently a Senior Lecturer in Neuroimaging and Neuroscience in the Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, Institute of Translational Medicine (ITM), University of Liverpool.

Academic history:
- PhD in Neurological Science (Neuroimaging in Epilepsy), University of Liverpool (2005)
- Research Associate, Magnetic Resonance and Image Analysis Research Centre (MARIARC), University of Liverpool (2005-2009)
- Research Associate, Department of Neurology, University of Muenster, Germany (2009-2011)
- Lecturer, Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (2012-2013)
- Lecturer, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, ITM, University of Liverpool (2013-2017)
- Senior Lecturer, Department of Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, ITM, University of Liverpool (2017-)

- Neuroimaging group leader, Liverpool Epilepsy Research Group (https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/translational-medicine/research/epilepsy/)
- Honorary researcher, Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust (www.thewaltoncentre.nhs.uk)
- Honorary Lecturer, Department of Basic and Clinical Neuroscience, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (http://epilepsy-london.org/doctor/simon-s-keller/)

Main research interests:
The use of advanced quantitative neuroimaging techniques, mainly magnetic resonance imaging, to develop non-invasive biomarkers of treatment outcome and cognitive dysfunction in -
(1) Epilepsy
(2) Neurodegenerative disorders
(3) Brain infectious disorders

Personal Distinctions

  • Role of the thalamus in seizures and treatment in focal epilepsies (Invitation to Speak, European Congress for Epileptology 2018)
  • Network imaging in epilepsy (Invitation to Speak, International Epilepsy Congress 2017)
  • Local Organising Committee, Symposium Chair (Invitation to Perform, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine British Chapter 2017)
  • Conference award (Prize, European Congress for Epileptology 2016)
  • Neuroimaging in Epilepsy: Clinical Applications and New Advances (Keynote Speech, University Hospital for Neurology, Bern, Switzerland 2015)
  • Contribution of imaging in understanding the aetiology of persistent postoperative seizures (Invitation to Speak, Medical University of South Carolina, USA 2015)
  • Predicting treatment response in epilepsy: contribution of neuroimaging (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Neuroscience, University of Newcastle 2015)
  • Prospective neuroimaging studies in newly diagnosed epilepsy (Invitation to Speak, The Epilepsy Society 2014)
  • Epilepsy, MRI and predicting seizure control (Invitation to Speak, Institute of Neurology, University College London 2014)
  • Honorary Lecturer (Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London 2013)
  • New Investigator Research Grant (Competitive Fellowship, Medical Research Council 2013)
  • Travel Fellowship (Prize, Guarantors of Brain 2012)
  • Invitation to Speak - MRI in epilepsy: new concepts and applications (Invitation to Speak, CUBRIC, Cardiff University 2012)
  • Visiting research project award (SYNTHESYS & Royal Museum of Central Africa 2011)
  • Broca's area: morphology, variability and asymmetry in humans and great apes (Keynote Speech, Anatomical Society for Great Britain and Northern Island 2010)
  • Microstructural white and grey matter damage in temporal lobe epilepsy (Invitation to Speak, Department of Epileptology, University of Bonn 2010)
  • Travel Fellowship (Prize, Guarantors of Brain 2009)
  • Best Journal Article (Prize, Journal of Anatomy 2009)
  • Travel Fellowship (Prize, Guarantors of Brain 2008)
  • The anatomical basis of language lateralisation (Invitation to Speak, Department of Neurology, University of Muenster 2008)
  • Conference abstract award (Prize, International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine 2004)
  • Postgraduate Research Award (Prize, Epilepsy Action 2003)
  • Travel Fellowship (Prize, Organisation of Human Brain Mapping 2001)

Administrative Roles

  • Strand Convenor for Neuroscience, MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine (2017-)
  • Strand Convenor for Molecular and Clinical Pharmacology, MRes in Biomedical Sciences and Translational Medicine (2015-2017)

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