Michael Prize 2023 Psychiatry, psychology and neuropsychology

Daichi Sone

Daichi Sone, MD, PhD, is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychiatry, Jikei University School of Medicine, Tokyo, and is also belonging to UCL Institute of Neurology. He is a clinical epileptologist and psychiatrist, and started his research career with an application of advanced neuroimaging techniques in focal and generalized epilepsy, expanding further to the field of psychiatry in epilepsy, especially for the pathomechanism and neuroimaging biomarkers of psychiatric comorbidities as well as cognitive dysfunction. He has many research publications and is also actively participating in the local activities of young epilepsy section of the ILAE.

He submitted recent papers focused on the abnormal brain aging process in psychosis of epilepsy, altered mu-opioid systems in affective symptoms in temporal lobe epilepsy, and the relationship between memory dysfunction and surgical extent in temporal lobe epilepsy. In addition to these studies, he has investigated neural network dysfunction and glucose metabolism in psychosis of epilepsy or psychogenic non-epileptic seizures. His active research involvement in the field of psychiatry in epilepsy may contribute to the future pathomechanistic clarification of this still underexplored field and help improve care of persons with epilepsy associated with psychiatric and/or cognitive comorbidities.