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Dr Emma Macdonald-Laurs is a paediatric epileptologist and neurologist at The Royal
Children’s Hospital, and a Clinician-Scientist Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s
Research Institute. Dr Macdonald-Laurs interests include epilepsy surgery,
advanced neuroimaging and EEG analysis, and automated intelligence. She has
recently submitted her PhD which examined bottom-of-sulcus dysplasia, a tiny
brain lesion which causes epilepsy in children amenable to surgical correction.
Her research is already directly translating into precision diagnosis, with
early detection of MRI-negative lesions using automated (AI) detection methods,
followed by precision surgery. Her ongoing work seeks to develop and implement
tools to detect subtle brain lesions causing epilepsy and to better understand
the brain network and cognitive changes associated with uncontrolled seizures.