Professional background

Dr Meneka Sidhu is a consultant neurologist and honorary senior lecturer at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, UCLH Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and UCL/Institute of Neurology.

She qualified from The University of Manchester in 2004 and gained MRCP in 2007 from the Royal College of Physicians, London.

She trained in clinical neurology at Salford Royal Hospital, Kings College Hospital and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery.

She was awarded a PhD for work on memory and language functional magnetic resonance imaging in epilepsy from UCL and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. She received the American Epilepsy Society young investigator award for her research in this field.

Her research interests include structural and functional imaging in people with refractory epilepsy udergoing surgical evauation. The traslational aim of this is to investigate brain function before epilepsy surgery and predict cognitive outcome following surgery.

he runs a general neurology clinic and specialist epilepsy clinics at the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery and the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy. She is responsible for in-patients in the Sir William Gowers Assessment and Treatment unit at the Chafont Centre for Epilepsy.


Research interests

Pre-surgical language and memory functional MRI
Advanced structural MRI techniques


Neuroimaging in epilepsy. Sidhu MK, Duncan JS, Sander JW.Curr Opin Neurol. 2018 Aug;31(4):371-378.

The impact of brain-derived neurotropic factor Val66Met polymorphism on cognition and functional brain networks in patients with Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. SidhuMK, Stretton J, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS, Martarin M.CNS Neurosci Ther. 2018 Jun 27. doi: 10.1111/cns.13003.

Effects of Carbamazepine and Lamotrigine on fMRI cognitive networks, Fenglai Xiao F,Caciagli L,Wandschneider B ,Sander L, Sidhu MK, Stretton J, Winston GP, Trimmel K, Hill A, Thompson P, Zhou D, Duncan JS,KoeppMJ,Epilepsia. 2018Jul;59(7):1362-1371.

A seronegative phenocopy of anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis with extreme delta brush EEG change. Pipis, M. Sidhu MK, Shields K, Irani S, Wehner T, Trip SA. Submitted, Practical Neurology, 2018.

Hyperactivation of the motor system during cognitive tasks: Endophenotype of Juvenile Myoclonic epilepsy. Caciagli L, Wandschneider B, Centeno M, Vollmar C, Sidhu MK, Thompson PJ, Winston GP, Duncan JS, KoeppMJ- Submitted to JNNP

Selective hippocampal atrophy is asscociated with memory reorganisation in temporal lobe epilepsy. Cano I, Galovic M, Sidhu MK, Winston GP, Thompson P, Duncan JS, KoeppMJ- Manuscript in preparation.

Meyer's loop asymmetry and language lateralisation in epilepsy. Nowell M, Vos SB, Sidhu MK, Wilcoxen K, Sargsyan, N, Ourselin S, Duncan JS. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2016 Aug;87(8):836-42

Memory network plasticity after temporal lobe resection: a longitudinal functional imaging study. Sidhu MK, Stretton J, Winston G, McEvoy A, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Brain 2016 Feb;139(Pt 2):415-30

Memory fMRI predicts Verbal Memory Decline after Left Anterior Temporal Lobe Resection. Sidhu MK, Stretton J, Winston G, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Neurology 2015 Apr 14;84(15):1512-9

Factors affecting memory Reorganisation in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Sidhu MK, Stretton J, Winston G, Bonelli S, Thompson PJ, Symms M, Koepp MJ ,Duncan JS. Epilepsy Research, 2015 Feb;110:1-9.

Levetiracetam reduces abnormal network activations in temporal lobe epilepsy. Wandschneider B, Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Centeno M, Kozak L, Symms M, Thompson P, Duncan JS, and Koepp MJ. Neurology. 2014 Oct 21;83(17):1508-12

Language dominance assessment in bilingual population: validity of fMRI in the second language. Centeno M, Vollmar C, Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Epilepsia. 2014 Oct;55(10):1504-11

Temporal Lobe Epilepsy & Affective Disorders: The Role of the Subgenual Anterior Cingulate Cortex. Stretton J, Pope RA, Winston GP, Sidhu MK, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS, Foong J. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2015 Feb;86(2):144-51

Preventing visual field deficits from neurosurgery. Winston GP, Daga P, White MJ, Micallef C, Miserocchi A, Mancini L, Modat M, Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Symms M, Lythgoe DJ, Thornton J, Yousry TA, Ourselin S, Duncan JS, and McEvoy AW. Neurology 2014 Aug 12;83(7):604-11

Working memory network plasticity following anterior temporal lobe resection; a longitudinal fMRI study. Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Winston GP, A McEvoy, Bartlett P, Symms M, Koepp MJ, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. Brain 2014 May;137(Pt 5):1439-53.

Prostaglandin E2 and nitric oxide mediate the acute inflammatory (erythemal) response to topical 5-aminolaevulinic acid photodynamic therapy in human skin.Brooke RC, Sidhu M, Sinha A, Watson RE, Friedmann PS, Clough GF, Rhodes LE. Br J Dermatol. 2013 Sep;169(3):645-52.

Intact neurological outcome after neurointerventional treatment for intracranial venous sinus thrombosis with straight sinus involvement. Sidhu M, Footitt D, Donaldson I, Hughes S, Wuppalapati S, Emsley HC. BMJ case rep. 2013 Sep 2;2013. pii: bcr2013010242. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2013-010242

Assessing hippocampal functional reserve in temporal lobe epilepsy: A multi-voxel pattern analysis of fMRI data. Sidhu M*, Bonnici HM*, Chadwick MJ, Duncan JS, Maguire E. Epilepsy Res 2013 Jul;105(1-2):140-9.

Structural Correlates of Impaired Working Memory in Hippocampal Sclerosis. Winston GP, Stretton J, Sidhu M, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. Epilepsia 2013 Jul;54(7):1143-53.

A functional magnetic resonance imaging study mapping the episodic memory encoding network in temporal lobe epilepsy. Sidhu MK, Stretton J, Winston GP, Bonelli S, Centeno M, Vollmar C, Symms M, Thompson PJ, Koepp MJ, Duncan JS. Brain 2013 Jun;136(Pt 6):1868-88.

A progressive multifocal conundrum. Sidhu MK, Hamdalla H. Pract Neurol 2013;13:127 - 131.

Progressive white matter changes following anterior temporal lobe resection for epilepsy. Winston G, Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Symms M, Duncan JS. NeuroImage: Clinical 2013 Dec 14;4:190-200.

Structural correlates of impaired working memory in hippocampal sclerosis. Winston G, Stretton J, Sidhu MK, Symms M, Thompson P, Duncan JS. Epilepsia 2013 Jul; 54(7):1143-53.

Disrupted segregation of working memory networks in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy. Stretton J, Winston G, Sidhu MK, Bonelli, SB, Centeno M, Vollmar C, Symms M, Koepp M, Thompson PJ, Duncan JS. NeuroImage: Clinical, Volume 2, 2013, Pages 273-28.

Neural correlates of working memory in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy — An fMRI study. Stretton J, Winston G, Sidhu M, Centeno M, Vollmar C, Bonelli S, Symms M, Koepp M, Duncan JS, Thompson PJ. Neuroimage. 2012; 60: 1696-1703.

Acute central nervous system infections in adults—a retrospective cohort study in the NHS North West region. Michael BD, Sidhu M, Stoeter D, Roberts M, Beeching NJ,Bonington A, Hart IJ, Kneen R, Miller A, Solomon T and North West Neurological Infections Network. Q J Med. 2010; 103:749–758.

Histamine is released following Aminolevulinic Acid- Photodynamic Therapy of Human Skin and Mediates an Aminolevulinic Acid Dose- Related Immediate Inflammatory Response. R.C.C Brooke, A. Sinha, M.K. Sidhu, R.E.B. Watson, G.F. Clough AND L.E. Rhodes. J Invest Dermatol. 2006; 126: 2296-2301.

Book Chapter

Sidhu MK, Cooper PN. Valproate. In: CP Panayiotopoulos ed. Atlas of Epilepsies.
London, United Kingdom: Springer-Verlag; 2010; Volume 2: 1861-186.