Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Research, Clinical Practice, Consultancy

ABOUT

Professor Faraneh Vargha-Khadem is Head of the Clinical Neuro-psychology Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH)

Her research and clinical work is directed towards understanding the cognitive and behavioural deficits of brain-injured children in relation to the underlying brain abnormality. Her work is focused on developmental amnesia, brain and speech abnormalities associated with the mutation of the FOXP2 gene, and reorganisation of function after neurosurgery for epilepsy.

Professor Vargha-Khadem completed her doctoral studies at McGill University and at the University of Massachusetts, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, McGill. She subsequently joined the Faculty of Neurology and Neurosurgery at McGill University where she held a research lectureship for two years before moving to London.

Having accepted a faculty research position at the Institute of Child Health, University College London in 1983, she went on to undertake the leadership of the Clinical Neuropsychology Service at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children in 1987, where she has remained to the present time. During this period, she helped create the first academic Unit of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience in the UK and its clinical counterpart, the Department of Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

The academic and clinical staff in the Paediatric Clinical Neuropsychology Service work collaboratively to offer a comprehensive neuropsychology service for children, adolescents and their families. Staff members are committed to translational research with the aim of improving service delivery for children with chronic or acquired brain disorders.

Professor Vargha-Khadem is Director of the UCL Centre for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. Elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2000, she has received a number of awards, including the 2006 Jean Louis Signoret Prize for her contributions to genetics of behaviour.

Areas of specialisation

– Developmental amnesia and other memory disorders

– Genetically-based speech and language disorders

– Plasticity and reorganisation of memory and language after brain injury

– Cognitive and educational outcome after surgery for control of epilepsy

– Long-term outcome after traumatic brain injury

– The consequences of treatment, and long term outcome in survivors of brain tumours

– Medico-legal expert witness in neuropsychology

Qualifications and training

C Psychol, F Med Sci

Research interests

Professor Vargha-Khadem is internationally known for her research on development of cognitive function after brain injury in children. She has published over 135 articles (112 in peer reviewed neuroscience and medical journals), and book chapters.

Her research has been supported by major programme grants from the Medical Research Council, Action Medical Research, The Wellcome Trust, and the National Institutes of Health, USA, and charities, such as The Epilepsy Research Foundation UK.