Sarah Weckhuysen

Neurologist

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About Sarah Weckhuysen

Sarah Weckhuysen is a neurologist with vast experience in both clinical epilepsy and genetic research. Her research focus lies on the genetics of (early onset) epilepsies and febrile seizures, and the phenotypical delineation of genetic epilepsy syndromes. Her research lab contributed to many different epilepsy gene discoveries, including the first demonstration that de novo mutations in the sodium channel gene SCN1A cause severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI or Dravet syndrome), and the identification of de novo KCNQ2 mutations in a neonatal epileptic encephalopathy (KCNQ2 encephalopathy). In the last years the group has grown from a genetic research lab to a lab that works from bed (deep phenotyping of patients) to bench (genetic diagnosis and functional characterization) and back to bedside (therapeutic strategies).

Department

Statute & functions

Zelfstandig academisch pers.
  • docent
Bijzonder academisch personeel
  • fund. klin. navorser FWO

Contact

Campus Drie Eiken
Universiteitsplein 1
D.V.133
2610 Wilrijk
Belgiƫ
Tel. 032651780
Fax 032651112
sarah.weckhuysen@uantwerpen.vib.be