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Prof. Josemir (Ley) Sander

Position at SEIN: Prof. Ley Sander is the Scientific Director at Stichting Epilepsie Instellingen Nederland (SEIN).

He is also professor of neurology at the University College London’s Institute of Neurology and a consultant neurologist, with a special interest in epilepsy, at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery (NHNN) at Queen Square, London.

Prof. Sander heads the World Health Organization Collaborative Centre for Research and Training in Neurosciences at UCL.


His main research interests are in the epidemiology of epilepsy, including outcome and the risk of premature mortality seen in epilepsy (SUDEP), and has published extensively on these issues. He was made an Ambassador for Epilepsy by the International League Against Epilepsy in 1993.

Global Health is one of his interests, and besides his work in the UK and the Netherlands, he has been involved over the years in setting up epilepsy services or carried out epilepsy research in China, Brazil, Ecuador, Georgia, India, Bulgaria, Kenya and Senegal.

Prof. Sander has lectured extensively both in the UK and abroad. These include teaching to UCL medical students, in-house lectures and tutorials to junior medical staff, pre- and postgraduate students and other paramedical professionals.   He also carries out outpatient teaching at the NHNN, mostly for post-graduate students  and has regularly lectured to the Diploma Course in Neurology and the MSc. in Neurosciences at UCL.

Medical background

Prof. Sander qualified in Medicine in 1981 (Medico, Universidade Federal do Parana, Curitiba, Brazil) and then completed medical and specialist training in Neurology in London at St Thomas Hospital and  the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.  He obtained a PhD at the University of London in 1994 and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians in England.