Professor Steven Petrou

Professor Steven Petrou

Professor Steven Petrou is Deputy Director of the Florey Institute for Neuroscience and Mental Health and Head of the Florey’s Division of Epilepsy. He heads the Laboratory of Ion Channels and Human Disease, a multidisciplinary team of researchers with a focus on revealing fundamental mechanisms of disease genesis in the central nervous system. Current major areas of investigation centre on the development and characterisation of genetically engineered mice models for the study of human familial epilepsy. He works closely with industry and has several patents for his discoveries. In addition to his many roles within the Florey Institutes and the University of Melbourne, he serves on the editorial board of the Journal Neurobiology of Disease and the Investigators Workshop Committee for the American Epilepsy Society.

Links to some of Professor Petrou’s research papers can be found here.

Topic for Genetic Epilepsy Conference 2018:

Therapeutic approaches in neurogenetic disease.

Knowledge of the genetic underpinnings of a disease provides opportunities to develop therapies that precisely target disease mechanisms. The talk will introduce three major modalities that can be used to deliver on the promise of “precision medicine”. In particular the promise of RNA based therapies that can precisely address many of the common genetic disease mechanisms. 

The Genetic Epilepsy 2018 Conference was Supported by:

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