Dr Rod Duncan

Neurologist, University of Otago

I am a consultant neurologist and Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Otago.

I trained in medicine in Aberdeen, Scotland. After my houseman year, I spent three years working for British Antarctic Survey, during which I wrote an MD thesis on Energy Balance and Cold Stress in Polar Travellers. I then spent 6 months as a flying doctor on the North Sea, then returned to Aberdeen to train in general internal medicine. I trained in neurology in Glasgow and in Rennes (France). I finished my neurosciences PhD and became a consultant in 1993.

I have special expertise in epilepsy, with extensive research records in brain blood flow during seizures and psychogenic seizures. Early in my consultant career, I began work at the Scottish Epilepsy Centre, which I directed, a residential assessment centre for difficult epilepsies and diagnostic problems. I led a programme for epilepsy surgery for many years, becoming chairman of the Scottish Managed Surgical Network for Epilepsy. I pioneered the use of stereotactic intracranial EEG recordings in the UK. I developed a large multidisciplinary service for psychogenic seizures. I was director of neurosciences for the west of Scotland for three years. I have published 78 research articles, and have 208 publications in total, mainly on epilepsy and psychogenic seizures.

I moved to Christchurch, New Zealand with my wife and four children 6 years ago. I cycle, motorcycle, ski, and am engaged in a vain attempt to learn to play the piano.

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