Faraneh Vargha-Khadem

Research, Clinical Practice, Consultancy

CURRICULUM VITAE

Honours & Prizes:

British Psychological Society – Barbara Wilson Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

IPSEN Foundation- Jean-Louis Signoret Prize – Genetics of Behaviour 2006

Encyclopaedia Iranica – Contribution by an Iranian to Advancement of Medicine 2006

Asian Women of Achievement Awards – Professional Achievement 2003

Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences 2000

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 1998

Membership of Professional Bodies:

British Neuropsychological Society, British Psychological Society, European Brain & Behaviour Society, Federation of European Neuroscience Society, Experimental Psychology Society, International Brain Research Organisation, Society for Neuroscience, Society for Cognitive Neuroscience.

Principal Research Grants in Last Fifteen Years:

Over the past decade raised £4,799,414 in grant funding (£3,609,243 as principal investigator), including two consecutive programme grants from the Medical Research Council.

2014-2017 NIHR, GOSH UCL PhD Studentship Scheme

Organisation of the memory circuit in childhood epilepsy: Implications for outcome (Vargha-Khadem F, & Baldeweg, T)

1992-2016 Medical Research Council

Prospective psychological evaluation of children with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia treated with UKALL XI protocols (Gibson, B., Vargha-Khadem, F., and Richards, S.)

The longitudinal UKALL XI study: Relationship between brain pathology and neuropsychological dysfunction (Vargha-Khadem, F., Gibson, B., Richards, S. and Gadian, D. G.)

Memory, space and the human hippocampus (Burgess, N., O’Keefe, J. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Studentship (for Ms C. Salmond) for studies on the Neuropathology of Asperger’s syndrome (Gadian, D. G. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Studentship (for Ms A. Adlam) for studies on Developmental Amnesia and its underlying neuropathology (Vargha-Khadem, F. and Gadian, D. G.)

Studentship (for Ms Emma Belton) for studies on neural basis of inherited speech and language disorders (Vargha-Khadem F. and Gadian D.G.)

Studentship (for Ms Rachel Thomasson) for studies on the visuocognitive outcome after hemispherectomy in childhood (Vargha-Khadem F. and de Haan, M.)

Studentship (for Ms Bryony Whiting) for studies on cognitive correlates of motor functions

Hypoxia/ischaemia in children: Patterns of neuropathology and associated memory impairment (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G. and Wyatt, J.S.)

Hypoxia/ischaemia and patterns of neuropathology associated with memory impairment: From infancy through adolescence (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., Clark, C., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G., Goldman, A. and Taylor, A.)

2012-2015 UCL CHRAT PhD Studentship Scheme

Improving the outcomes of hemispherectomy in children with intractable epilepsy: a novel approach based on movement analysis (Vargha-Khadem, F. & Berthouze, L.)

2010-2015 UCL Grand Challenge 100 Studentships

Tracking the hippocampal and diencephalic circuit of cognitive memory in developmental amnesia with diffusion tensor imaging (Vargha-Khadem, F. & Clark, C.)

Episodic memory and motor skill learning associated with selective brain damage in children with low blood sugar (hypoglycaemia) (Vargha-Khadem, F. Hussain, K. & Gadian, D.G.)

2013-14 CEL-LCRN Division 5 Funding

Hypoxia/ischaemia and patterns of neuropathology associated with memory impairment: From infancy through adolescence (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., Clark, C., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G., Goldman, A. and Taylor, A.)

2013-14 ICH/GOSH Research Capability Funding

Hypoxia/ischaemia and patterns of neuropathology associated with memory impairment: From infancy through adolescence (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., Clark, C., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G., Goldman, A. and Taylor, A.)

2013-14 CEL CLRN Support Funding

Hypoxia/ischaemia and patterns of neuropathology associated with memory impairment: From infancy through adolescence (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., Clark, C., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G., Goldman, A. and Taylor, A.)

2012-2014 Epilepsy Research UK

Plasticity of Language Networks after Surgical Resection in Childhood Epilepsy: Implications for Outcome (Baldeweg, T., Liegeois, F., Cross, J.H., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Rankin, P.)

2008-2014 Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity

Hypoglycaemia and Brain injury (Hussain, K., Pitt, M., Gadian, D.G., Vargha-Khadem, F. & Kumaran, A.)

Functional Imaging of Language to guide Neurosurgical Treatment: a systematic pre- to post-operative evaluation in children (Baldeweg, T., Liegeois, F., Cross, J.H. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

2012-13 GOSH CLRN Support Funding

Hypoxia/ischaemia in children: Patterns of neuropathology and associated memory impairment (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G. and Wyatt, J.S.)

2009 Central & East London CLRN Infrastructure Support

Hypoxia/ischaemia in children: Patterns of neuropathology and associated memory impairment (Vargha-Khadem, F., Baldeweg, T., de-Haan, M., Deanfield, J.E., Gadian, D.G. and Wyatt, J.S.)

2007-2009 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children and Institute of Child Health, UCL

Investigation of non-verbal auditory long-term recognition memory in normal adults and adults with developmental amnesia (Amitay, S., Vargha-Khadem, F. and Mishkin, M.)

Hippocampus and memory in children with developmental amnesia (Munoz-Lopez, M., Vargha-Khadem, F., Harding, B.H., Jacques, T.S.J., Gadian, D.G., Insausti, R. and Mishkin, M.)

2006-2009 European Commission

Hippocampus and memory in children with developmental amnesia (Munoz-Lopez, M., Vargha-Khadem, F., Harding, B.H., Jacques, T.S.J., Gadian, D.G., Insausti, R. and Mishkin, M.)

2004-2009 The Children’s Trust

Development of neurorehabilitation techniques for the remediation of speech and language impairment (Vargha-Khadem, F., Liegeois, F. and Morgan, A.)

2005-2008 Cerebra

Magnetic resonance imaging assessment of subtle brain abnormalities and their association with cognitive and neurological function in preterm children (De Haan, M, Vollmer, B, O’Reilly, M, Connelly, A, Neville, B, Wyatt, J and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

1999-2008 National Institute of Mental Health

Studies for developmental amnesia and other memory disorders in children (Vargha-Khadem, F. and Mishkin, M.)

Interactions between cognitive-based versus habit-based memory for speech and language: Comparison of the hippocampal versus neostriatal/prefrontal systems (Vargha-Khadem, F. and Mishkin, M.)

Rehabilitation and remediation for children and young adults with Developmental Amnesia and other memory disorders (Vargha-Khadem, F. and Mishkin, M.)

1994-2008 The Wellcome Trust

Studies of focal lesions in childhood epilepsy and in cerebral ischaemia: From biochemical andstructural abnormalities to cognitive dysfunction (Gadian, D.G., Williams, S.R., Connelly, A., Vargha-Khadem, F., Kirkham, F.J. and Neville, B.G.R.)

Prize Studentship (for Mr S.J. Wood) for studies on the pathological basis of memory dysfunction in children with temporal lobe epilepsy (Gadian, D.G. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Magnetic resonance investigations of brain pathophysiology and function in children with focal brain damage (Gadian, D.G., Connelly, A., Vargha-Khadem, F., Neville, B.G.R., Kirkham, F.J., Chong, W.K. and Van Bruggen, N.)

Neurogenetic basis of an inherited speech and language disorder (Monaco, A.P. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Focal pathophysiology and its functional consequences in children with brain disease (Gadian, D.G., Connelly, A., Williams, S.,Vargha-Khadem, F., Neville, B.G.R., Cross, J.H., Kirkham, F., Surtees, R. and Chong, W.)

Routes through memory to the acquisition of knowledge in childhood: A cognitive and neuroimaging analysis (Gathercole, S., Gadian, D.G., Vargha-Khadem, F. and Golding, J.)

Detection of atypical cognitive development during infancy (de Haan, M., Vargha-Khadem, F., Karmiloff-Smith, A., Wyatt, J. and Kirkham, F.)

2007 Kids Company (via Trustee Man Group PLC Charitable Trust

Neural and physiological markers of antisocial behaviour in adolescents (Vargha-Khadem, F., Surtees, R., Gadian, D.G., Santosh, P., Hussain, K. and Batmanghelidjh, C.)

2004-2007 The Royal Society

An objective treatment for dysarthria following paediatric traumatic brain injury: Use of Electropalatography (Morgan, A, Liegeois, F and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Assessment of peripheral and central auditory function in an inherited speech and language disorder (Amitay, S., Vargha-Khadem, F., Luxon, L., Bamiou, D., Boyd, S. and Mishkin, M.)

2002-2006 Volkswagen Foundation

Anatomical and functional reorganisation of memory after medial temporal lobe damage: A developmental approach (Düzel, E., Baldeweg, T., de-Haan, M., Vargha-Khadem, F., Mishkin, M. and Heinz, HM.)

Dynamic fronto-temporal interactions during memory formation: A new perspective on memory function in temporal lobe epilepsy (Baldeweg, T, Duzel, E., Heinze, HJ, de Haan, M, Vargha-Khadem, F, Connelly, A.)

2001-2006 Epilepsy Research Foundation

Speech and language after hemispherectomy: A neuropsychological and neuroimaging study (Vargha-Khadem, F., Cross, H., Connelly, A., Gadian, DG., Liegeois, F.)

Long-term neuropsychological follow-up of children who had neurosurgical treatment for the relief of temporal lobe epilepsy (Baldeweg, T, Cross, H, Connelly, A, Vargha-Khadem, F.)

2003-2005 Sturge-Weber Foundation

Neurodevelopmental and cognitive outcome in infants and children with Sturge-Weber syndrome (Aylett, S., Vargha-Khadem, F., Connelly, A., Miles, A., Joleff, N. and Clark, C.)

2004 Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, and Institute of Child Health, University College London, Pump Priming Scheme

MRI changes associated with speech rehabilitation using electropalatography in an inherited speech and language disorder (Liegeois, F, Morgan, A, Connelly, A. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

2003-2004 Thomas Bailey Charitable Trust

Magnetic resonance imaging assessment of brain abnormalities in ex-preterm children and their relation to neurological and neuropsychological function (de Haan, M., Vollmer, B., Gadian, D.G., Vargha-Khadem, F. and Wyatt, J.)

2000-2004 The Stroke Association

Prevention of neurological morbidity, including stroke, in sickle cell disease (Kirkham, F.J.,Evans, J.P.M., Brown, M.M., Connelly, A., Vargha-Khadem, F., Lane, R.J.,King, M. and Davies, S.)

2000-2003 Action Research

Correlation of frontal lobe pathology and executive dysfunction in children with sickle cell disease (Vargha-Khadem, F., Kirkham, F.J., Gadian, D.G. Evans, J.P.M. and Baldeweg, T.)

1999-2001 Cancer Research Campaign

Relationships between brain pathology and neuropsychological dysfunction in children following central nervous system treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (Gadian, D. G., Vargha-Khadem, F., Hann, I., Richards, S. and Connelly, A. )

1998-2001 The Diana Tamari Sabbagh Foundation

Development of literacy skills in relation to a remedial programme in a left hemispherectomized boy (Vargha-Khadem, F., Muter, V. and Isaacs, E.)

1994-1997 Child Health Research Appeal Trust

Studentship (for Ms V. Holloway) for studies on functional magnetic resonance imaging in children with brain disease (Gadian, D.G. and Vargha-Khadem, F.)

Studentship (for Ms A. Rowan) for studies on basal ganglia pathology and speech and language development (Vargha-Khadem, F. and Gadian, D. G.)

Strategic Fundraising and Leadership:

Established the UCL Centre for Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience (CDCN), an interdisciplinary, cross faculty, and cross theme initiative that promotes research and training within the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience across UCL and its partner institutions. The CDCN has over 500 members and holds three workshops per year, a monthly seminar series, publishes documents to influence policy relevant to the field, and disseminates information (see, Public Service Review, Science and Technology Journal, Issue 5, pages 100-101; Open University Publication: April 2012; Early Childhood in Focus: Developing Brains).

Judging Recognition:

Templeton Foundation Judge since 2011. One of 9 judges of the reviewing panel for the nominations and selection of the yearly £1M Templeton Prize. The winning Templeton Laureates since being invited to serve as judge:

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, Social activist (2013)

His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama (2012)

Lord Martin Rees of Ludlow, FRS, Astronomer and cosmologist, Astronomer Royal (2011)

Editorial & Reviewing:

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Journal – Editor (since 2012)

Faculty of 1000 Medicine – Section editor for Developmental Neurology (since 2004)

Member of MRC College of Experts (2005-2008)

Reviewer for granting bodies both nationally and internationally (e.g. Wellcome Trust, Economic and Social Research Council, Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, NIH, National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia).

Examining:

Ph.D. examiner for students both in the UK and internationally.

Named Lectures:

54th Sandoz Lecture Series: Representation of selective aspects of cognitive function in childhood hemiplegia. Paediatric Neurology Series, London

The Birch Lecture: Developmental memory disorders. International Neuropsychological Society Portland Oregon.

Boyd McCandless: Lecture Developmental Amnesia and Hippocampal Damage. Emory University, Atlanta USA

Frank A Elliott lecture: Developmental amnesia: Growing up without episodic memory. University of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, USA

Keynote and Plenary Lectures:

Numerous invited lectures have been delivered at conferences, symposia and workshops in the UK and overseas. Selected lectures include:

2014

European Association for Childhood Disability (3-5 July 2014) Title: Childhood Apraxia of Speech

International Neuropsychology Society Meeting (9-11 July 2014) Title: Episodic memory and mental time travel

2013

Centre for Brain & Cognitive Development, Birkbeck, London (23 April 2013) Title:  Neonatal hypoxia, hippocampal damage and selective memory impairment

International Workshop on the Neuropsychology of Memory, University of Eötvös Loránd, Budapest, Hungary (10 May 2013) Title: Neonatal hypoxia, hippocampal damage and selective memory impairment

COGDEVNEURO 2013, University of Reading (5 September 2013) Title: Hypoxia-ischaemia, hippocampal damage, and memory impairment:  A causal sequence? 

Chaucer Club, MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit (24th October 2013) Title: Neonatal hypoxia, hippocampal damage and episodic memory impairment: A causal sequence?

2012

Frank A Elliott lecture, University of Philadelphia, USA (2 February 2012) Title: Developmental amnesia:  Growing up without episodic memory’

12th International Child Neurology Conference/11th Asian and Oceanian Congress of Child Neurology, Brisbane, Australia (31 May 2012) Title: Neuropsychological tools for detecting early brain insult and later sequelae

14th ICPLA Conference, Cork, Ireland (28 June 2012) Title: Genetics and Speech Control: FOXP2 and the KE Family

Masterclass in Auditory Processing Disorders (9 October 2012) Title: Memory and Language Disorders

Institute of Psychiatry (15 November 2012) Title: Growing up without Episodic Memory

2011

United Nations Session 55: Commission on the Status of Women – Non-Governmental Organizations side event, New York, USA (23 February 2011) Title of Talk 1: Rethinking education for girls and women: Beyond basic curricula. Title of Talk 2: Neuroplasticity and transformation: From the individual to society

9th European Paediatric Neurology Society Congress, Dubrovnik, Croatia (11-14 May 2011) Title: Cortical Organization of Language

XXV Congresso Nazionale SINPIA, Pisa, Italy (12-14 May 2011) Title: Developmental Amnesia: Dissociations in Long Term Memory Resulting from Early Hippocampal Damage

European Campus of Excellence, Bochum, Germany (5-23 September 2011) Title: Effects of focal brain lesions on cognitive development: Episodic memory impairment associated with early hippocampal injury in three new cohorts

Boyd McCandless Memorial Lecture, Emory University, USA (6 November 2011) Title: Developmental Amnesia and Hippocampal Damage Resulting from Hypoxia Ischaemia

2010

Working Group on Human Neuroplasticity and Education, Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Vatican, Rome, Italy (27-28 October 2010) Title: The Extent and Limits of Speech and Language Reorganization after Brain Injury in Childhood

Epilepsy & Sleep Congress, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (25-26 March 2010) Title: Crowding and plasticity

NIMH 14th Annual DIRP Scientific Retreat, Washington, USA (30 September – 1 October 2010) Title: Effects of focal brain lesions on cognitive development: Episodic memory impairment associated with early hippocampal injury in three new cohorts

Management Activities/Expertise:

Member of the Board of Management, Human Communications Disorder, UCL. 2009-present

Head of Neuropsychology Department & Lead Clinician. 1988-Present

Medical/legal expert on amnesia, and consequences of head injury on cognitive outcome in children and adults. Working with solicitors both nationally and internationally (USA and France.) 1983-Present

Chair of Psychology Services, Great Ormond Street Hospital. 2011-2013

Member of the Board of Governors, International Neuropsychological Society. 2003-2006

Member of the MRC Leukaemia in Childhood Working Party. 1991- 2006

Coordinator of the nationwide MRC prospective study of children with leukaemia, UKALL XI. 1992-2005

Rutgers University Neurobiology Research Consortium. 1998-2004

Member of the international working party on children with focal brain lesions. 1992-2003

Member of the European Commission Study Group on children with acquired brain lesions. 1991- 2000

Expert witness on the case of Friends for all Children (150 Vietnamese children involved in the C5A air disaster) vs Lockheed Aircraft Corporation and US Government. 1983-85

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See also Publications

Professor Vargha-Khadem’s profile on Research Gate