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Dr

Alan Lai

Research Fellow
Seizure abatement
anticipation and monitoring
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
neurosciences & neurology
clinical neurology
epilepsy
female
humans
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Dr

Alan Lai

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Epilepsy
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Dr

Alan Lai

 

I am a biomedical engineer and my primary goal is to develop new medical technology to improve the management of epilepsy. I have 10 years of experience in epilepsy research, which include seizure detection and anticipation using EEG, therapeutic electrical stimulation to abate seizures, probing the brain (with electrical or magnetic stimulation) to track cortical excitability and heart rate variability in relation to seizure occurrence.

The research was conducted in human patients in a clinical setting, as well as in in-vivo models. In particular, I have experience with recording EEG from four species, as well as the use of electrical stimulation to abate and anticipate seizures in two of those species.
Currently, my main focus is developing an under-the-scalp implantable device for long-term seizure monitoring in order to improve the management of epilepsy patients. This work is being carried out by our multi-disciplinary team consisting of A/Prof Chris Williams, Dr Yuri Benovitski (neuroscientist and biomedical engineer, respectively, Bionics Institute), A/Prof Michael Murphy, A/Prof Wendyl D'Souza and Prof Mark Cook (neurosurgeon and neurologists, respectively, St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne and The University of Melbourne) with the ultimate goal of world-wide clinical use for the device. More recently, I have collaborated on other projects within The University of Melbourne including the use of electrical stimulation to improve post-stroke recovery with Dr Roulston (neuroscientist, Department of Medicine at St. Vincent's Hospital Melbourne), nitrous oxide as a humane method of piglet euthanasia with Dr Jean-Loup Rault (animal behaviour scientist, Animal Welfare Science Centre) and development of a novel neural electrode with Dr Nicholas Apollo (materials physicist, School of Physics).

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Honours, Awards and Fellowships

2012

Best poster award (A portable device for investigating automated seizure abatement in humans using electrical stimulation, first author and presenter)

10th European Congress on Epileptology

2012

Best poster award (Implantation of phenytoin-loaded polycaprolactone microspheres in a rat model of temporal lobe epilepsy, co-author and presenter)

10th European Congress on Epileptology

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Awards

Credentials

Positions


Research Fellow

Medicine - St Vincent'S Hospital

Education


DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY

Swinburne University of Technology

MASTER OF ENGINEERING SCIENCE

Monash University

BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING (ELECTRICAL AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS) (HONS)

Monash University