Chair, Pediatric Neurology Research, University of Melbourne, Principal Senior Research Fellow, Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

Ingrid Scheffer, AO, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, FAA, FAES - Pediatric Neurologist

Dr. Scheffer is currently the Chair of Paediatric Neurology Research; Paediatric Neurologist; and Director of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne; Austin Health. She is currently serving as the Vice President of The Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences since 2015. She has been a member on the National Health and Medical Research Council since 2015; served as Chair on the Commission for Classification and Terminology for the International League Against Epilepsy from 2009-2013 and is now the Secretary of Commission for Classification and Terminology for the International League Against Epilepsy from 2013 – Present; and the Chair on the Classification Task Force from 2014 – Present. She has led the first new classification of the epilepsies in almost 30 years, published in March 2017. Dr. Scheffer currently serves on the Editorial Boards of Neurology (2014- Present); Epilepsy Currents (2014- Present) and Epileptic Disorders (2006 – Present). Dr. Scheffer received the L’Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region for 2012. In 2014, she was elected Fellow of Australian Academy of Science; elected as Vice President and Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences; and was the Co-Recipient of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science and awarded the Order of Australia. Her valuable knowledge on SYNGAP1 and seizure disorders will help accelerate our mission to understanding SYNGAP1 and the biological mechanisms that are associated with it, continuing to further bring hope to our patient group initiative.