Dr. Roland Thijs

Position at SEIN: Dr. Roland Thijs (1974) is a clinical neurologist at SEIN, Heemstede and  Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden and a honorary researcher at the University College of London (UCL). 

He is the director of the clinical departments and the neurology residency training programme at SEIN.


Dr. Thijs has developed special clinical expertise in the diagnostic assessment of attack disorders including epilepsy and all its mimics.

His research projects are centred on syncope, the role of the autonomic nervous system in the pathophysiology of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) and the development of seizure detection devices. 

Dr. Thijs has authored over 50 publications (H-index 31; Web of Science) and supervised various PhD students. He is the principal investigator of two large multicentre studies on long term ECG monitoring in epilepsy.

Dr. Thijs acts as a member of the medical advisory council of the UK-based patient network STARS, the educational committee of the European Federation of Autonomic Societies (EFAS) and the secretary-treasurer of the Dutch Autonomic Society and the scientific committee of the Dutch League against Epilepsy.

Medical background

Dr. Thijs obtained his PhD degree in 2008 at Leiden University.