Professor Brian Neville
It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Professor Brian Neville, Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Neurology at University College London – Institute of Child Health (UCL-ICH).
Brian was a great ambassador for epilepsy and dedicated his life to improving the lives of children and young people with the condition. He held the first Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy, integrating research between the epilepsy unit at UCL-ICH, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Young Epilepsy.
Brian’s association with Epilepsy Research UK has been a long one. He had been a valuable friend, colleague and trustee of the Fund for Epilepsy before it merged with Epilepsy Research Foundation in 2007 at which point he became a trustee for the newly-formed Epilepsy Research UK. In 2013 Brian became Epilepsy Research UK President.
Brian’s distinguished career leaves a long legacy as a champion and pioneer for the needs of children with epilepsy: pushing for early detection and treatment, initiating an epilepsy surgery programme, and being instrumental in launching an emergency therapy for prolonged or repeated seizures. He is remembered fondly by the young people he treated and the young clinicians and researchers he nurtured.
Our thoughts at this time are with Brian’s family and friends, to whom we offer our sincere condolences and our immense gratitude that Brian chose to work in the field of epilepsy.