Researcher biography

Associate Professor Lata Vadlamudi has been a researcher in the field of epilepsy since 2002 and has been a neurologist in clinical practice since 2000. Associate Professor Lata Vadlamudi is a senior Staff Specialist in Neurology at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Group Leader at the UQ Centre for Clinical Research.

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting over 50 million people worldwide and is characterised by the occurrence of seizures. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy during their lifetime. Despite more than 20 anti-epileptic medications, more than 30% of patients are not able to control their seizures with anti-epileptic medications.

The research is focused on answering two of the most difficult clinical questions that neurologists struggle to answer in the epilepsy clinic – "What is the cause of my epilepsy" and "How can my epilepsy be treated?".

Current research interests include:

(1) Genomic and epigenomic landscapes of epilepsy, in order to expand our understanding of the cause of this complex disease.

(2) Integrating of genomics into clinical practice, in order to improve patient care and facilitate precision-based treatment choices.