Prof John Duncan

Prof John DuncanTel: 020 3448 8625
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National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery

Epilepsy, Neurology and neurosurgery

Professional background

I qualified from Oxford University Medical School with BM BCh in 1979, MA in 1980, DM in 1988. I was elected FRCP in 1994 and FMedSci in 2005.  Since July 1989, I have been a Consultant Neurologist, with a particular interest in epilepsy, to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1 and the National Society for Epilepsy.  In this role, I have approximately 2,000 patients under my clinical review.  Since 1998, I have been Medical Director of the National Society for Epilepsy and Professor of Neurology at the Institute of Neurology of University College London. 
Professor John Duncan is Director of the Queen Square Division at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Research interests

  • Epiliepsy and brain imaging


Eriksson SH, Thom M, Bartlett PA, Symms MR, McEvoy AW, Sisodiya SM, Duncan JS. PROPELLER MRI visualizes detailed pathology of hippocampal sclerosis. Epilepsia. 2008 Jan;49(1):33-9. Epub 2007 Sep 18.

Powell HW, Parker GJ, Alexander DC, Symms MR, Boulby PA, Barker GJ, Thompson PJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Imaging language pathways predicts postoperative naming deficits. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 Mar;79(3):327-30. Epub 2007 Nov 15

Hamandi K, Laufs H, Nöth U, Carmichael DW, Duncan JS, Lemieux L. BOLD and perfusion changes during epileptic generalised spike wave activity. Neuroimage. 2008 Jan 15;39(2):608-18. Epub 2007 Jul 19.

Powell HW, Richardson MP, Symms MR, Boulby PA, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS, Koepp MJ. Preoperative fMRI predicts memory decline following anterior temporal lobe resection. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2008 Jun;79(6):686-93. Epub 2007 Sep 26

Focke NK, Symms MR, Burdett JL, Duncan JS. Voxel-based analysis of whole brain FLAIR at 3T detects focal cortical dysplasia. Epilepsia. 2008 May;49(5):786-93. Epub 2007 Dec 11.

Hamandi K, Powell HW, Laufs H, Symms MR, Barker GJ, Parker GJ, Lemieux L, Duncan JS. Combined EEG-fMRI and tractography to visualise propagation of epileptic activity. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2008 May;79(5):594-7. Epub 2007 Dec 20.

Focke NK, Yogarajah M, Bonelli SB, Bartlett PA, Symms MR, Duncan JS. Voxel-based diffusion tensor imaging in patients with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy and hippocampal sclerosis. Neuroimage. 2008 Apr 1;40(2):728-737. Epub 2007 Dec 27.

Focke NK, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. Correlation of cognitive functions with voxel-based morphometry in patients with hippocampal sclerosis. Epilepsy Behav. 2008 Apr;12(3):472-476. Epub 2008 Jan 28.

Yogarajah M, Powell HW, Parker GJ, Alexander DC, Thompson PJ, Symms MR, Boulby P, Wheeler-Kingshott CA, Barker GJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Tractography of the parahippocampal gyrus and material specific memory impairment in unilateral temporal lobe epilepsy. Neuroimage. 2008 May 1;40(4):1755-64. Epub 2008 Jan 10.

Baxendale S, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. The role of the Wada test in the surgical treatment of temporal lobe epilepsy: an international survey. Epilepsia. 2008 Apr;49(4):715-20; discussion 720-5.

Baxendale SA, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. Evidence-based practice: a reevaluation of the intracarotid amobarbital procedure (Wada test). Arch Neurol. 2008 Jun;65(6):841-5.

Derry CP, Heron SE, Phillips F, Howell S, Macmahon J, Phillips HA, Duncan JS, Mulley JC, Berkovic SF, Scheffer IE. Severe autosomal dominant nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy associated with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disability. Epilepsia. 2008 May 9. [Epub ahead of print]

Diehl B, Busch RM, Duncan JS, Piao Z, Tkach J, Lüders HO. Abnormalities in diffusion tensor imaging of the uncinate fasciculus relate to reduced memory in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2008 Apr 3. [Epub ahead of print]

Bonelli SB, Powell R, Yogarajah M, Thompson PJ, Symms MR, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Preoperative amygdala fMRI in temporal lobe epilepsy. Epilepsia. 2008 Aug 19. [Epub ahead of print]

GMC/GDC number: 2503244