European Young Investigator Award 2022

Simon Keller

Simon Keller is Chair of Neuroimaging at the University of Liverpool, UK. He was awarded a PhD in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in refractory temporal lobe epilepsy in 2005 at the University of Liverpool and subsequently spent four years as a post-doctoral epilepsy researcher in Liverpool working in close collaboration with clinical colleagues at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Liverpool). Simon continued imaging work in people with epilepsy as a research fellow at University Hospital Münster, Germany (2009-2011) and as lecturer in imaging and epilepsy at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London (2012-2013). He returned to the University of Liverpool in 2013 where he founded and directs the Liverpool BRAIN (Brain Research using Advanced Imaging in Neurology) lab and was appointed as Professor in 2021. 

Taking in to account postgraduate research, Simon has spent 22 years as an epilepsy researcher. His main research interest is the use of neuroimaging techniques to understand aberrant brain mechanisms, to improve radiological diagnostic accuracy, and to identify imaging prognostic markers of pharmacological and neurosurgical treatment in people with epilepsy. He is interested in how epilepsy impacts the person from the experience of a first seizure through to surgery in those with medically intractable epilepsy. He has published 90 pubmed referenced papers, is member of the Epilepsy Research UK Scientific Advisory Committee, is Chairman of the Mersey Regional Epilepsy Association (MREA), continues to work to bring together the epilepsy research activities of local academic and clinical institutions, and supports the development of the new generation of epilepsy researchers.