Dr Andrew Bleasel

Clinical Senior Lecturer
Medicine, Westmead Clinical School

Telephone +61 2 9845 6753
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Biographical details

Dr Andrew Bleasel is a Neurologist at Westmead Hospital with an honorary appointment at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, since 1996. He is the Director of the Epilepsy Unit and Head of the Department of Neurology. He became interested in epilepsy while training in Neurology at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital (1987-1988) and then completed a PhD in cellular neurophysiology at Sydney University. He completed a 3 year Clinical Fellowship in Epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in 1995. He is a Clinical Senior Lecturer with the Graduate Medical Program at University of Sydney and on the National Examining Panel of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. Between 2010 and 2012 he was the President of the Epilepsy Society of Australia. He is the Secretary General of the Commission of Asian and Oceanian Affairs (International League Against Epilepsy).

Research interests

His current research interests include the anatomy of seizure propagation, Epilepsy genetics and the Epileptology of primary brain tumours.

Teaching and supervision

With Dr Ernest Somerville he created the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists Annual EEG teaching course.

He teaches Clinical Epilepsy and EEG throughout South East Asia and Australia.

Selected grants

2010

  • Sydney Epilepsy Incidence Study To Measure Illness Consequences (SEISMIC); Anderson C, Mohamed A, Martiniuk A, Bleasel A, Hassan B, Ireland C, Somerville E, Stewart G, Lawson J, Hackett M, Glozier N, Jan S, Harvey S, Sommerville E, Bleasel A, Martiniuk A, Glozier N, Lawson J, Jan S, Hackett M; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Partnership Projects.
  • The Burden of Epilepsy Study: Impact on well-being, service use and economic outcomes; Anderson C, Martiniuk A, Hackett M, Jan S, Glozier N, Somerville E, Lawson J, Bleasel A, Mohamed A; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Bleasel, A., Dinner, D. (2008). Mesial frontal epilepsy. In Luders H (Eds.), Textbook of Epilepsy Surgery, (pp. 247-284). United Kingdom: Informa UK Limited.

Journals

  • Ramanathan, S., Bleasel, A., Parratt, J., Orr, C., Dale, R., Vincent, A., Fung, V. (2014). Characterisation of a syndrome of autoimmune adult onset focal epilepsy and encephalitis. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(7), 1169-1175. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Somerville, E., Fulham, M., Bleasel, A. (2014). Metabolic changes in occipital lobe epilepsy with automatisms. Frontiers in Neurology, 5(135), 135. [More Information]
  • Knopman, A., Wong, C., Stevenson, R., Homewood, J., Mohamed, A., Somerville, E., Eberl, S., Wen, L., Fulham, M., Bleasel, A. (2014). The cognitive profile of occipital lobe epilepsy and the selective association of left temporal lobe hypometabolism with verbal memory impairment. Epilepsia, 55(8), e80-e84.
  • Ryvlin, P., Nashef, L., Lhatoo, S., Bateman, L., Brid, J., Bleasel, A., Boon, P., Crespel, A., Dworetzky, B., Hogenhaven, H., et al (2013). Incidence and mechanisms of cardiorespiratory arrests in epilepsy monitoring units (MORTEMUS): a retrospective study. The Lancet Neurology, 12(10), 966-977. [More Information]
  • Mulley, J., Hodgson, B., McMahon, J., Iona, X., Bellows, S., Mullen, S., Farrell, K., Mackay, M., Sadleir, L., Bleasel, A., et al (2013). Role of the sodium channel SCN9A in genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus and Dravet syndrome. Epilepsia, 54(9), e122-e126. [More Information]
  • Carvill, G., Heavin, S., Yendle, S., McMahon, J., O’Roak, B., Cook, J., Khan, A., Dorschner, M., Weaver, M., Calvert, S., Bleasel, A., et al (2013). Targeted resequencing in epileptic encephalopathies identifies de novo mutations in CHD2 and SYNGAP1. Nature Genetics, 45(7), 825-830. [More Information]
  • Sadleir, L., Vears, D., Regan, B., Redshaw, N., Bleasel, A., Scheffer, I. (2012). Family studies of individuals with eyelid myoclonia with absences. Epilepsia, 53(12), 2141-2148. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Byth Wilson, K., Fulham, M., Somerville, E., Mohamed, A. (2012). Relationship between preoperative hypometabolism and surgical outcome in neocortical epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia, 53(8), 1333-1340. [More Information]
  • Essue, B., Jan, S., Hackett, M., Bleasel, A., Ireland, C., Berkovic, S., Anderson, C. (2011). Action to improve awareness, participation, care and support for people with epilepsy. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(1), 7-9. [More Information]
  • Irani, S., Michell, A., Lang, B., Pettingill, P., Waters, P., Johnson, M., Schott, J., Armstrong, R., Zagami, A., Bleasel, A., et al (2011). Faciobrachial dystonic seizures precede Lgi1 antibody limbic encephalitis. Annals of Neurology, 69(5), 892-900. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Larcos, G., McCredie, R., Somerville, E., Bleasel, A. (2010). Brain activation patterns of versive, hypermotor, and bilateral asymmetric tonic seizures. Epilepsia, 51(10), 2131-2139. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Byth Wilson, K., Fulham, M., Somerville, E., Mohamed, A. (2010). The topography and significance of extratemporal hypometabolism in refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy examined by FDG-PET. Epilepsia, 51(8), 1365-1373. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Birkett, J., Byth Wilson, K., Dexter, M., Sommerville, E., Gill, D., Chaseling, R., Fearnside, M., Bleasel, A. (2009). Risk factors for complications during intracranial electrode recording in presurgical evaluation of drug resistant partial epilepsy. Acta Neurochirurgica, 151(1), 37-50. [More Information]
  • Palermo, R., Schmalzl, L., Mohamed, A., Bleasel, A., Miller, L. (2009). The effect of unilateral amygdala removals on detecting fear from briefly presented backward-masked faces. Neuropsychology, Development and Cognition. Section A: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32 (2010)(2), 123-131. [More Information]
  • Bruggemann, J., Wilke, M., Som, S., Bye, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J. (2009). Voxel-based morphometry in the detection of dysplasia and neoplasia in childhood epilepsy: limitations of grey matter analysis. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 16(6), 780-785. [More Information]
  • Northcott, E., Connolly, A., Berroya, A., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Taylor, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J., Bye, A. (2007). Memory and phonological awareness in children with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy compared to a matched control group. Epilepsy Research, 75(1), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Bruggemann, J., Wilke, M., Som, S., Bye, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J. (2007). Voxel-based morphometry in the detection of dysplasia and neoplasia in childhood epilepsy: combined grey/white matter analysis augments detection. Epilepsy Research, 77(2-Mar), 93-101. [More Information]
  • Connolly, A., Northcott, E., Cairns, D., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Berroya, A., Lawson, J., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2006). Quality of life of children with benign rolandic epilepsy. Pediatric Neurology, 35(4), 240-245. [More Information]
  • Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cairns, D., Duchowny, M., Resnick, T., Dean, P., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2006). The impact of epilepsy surgery on quality of life in children. Neurology, 66(4), 557-561. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A. (2006). The investigation of a patient with a seizure. Medicine Today, 7, 7.
  • Vadlamudi, L., Byth Wilson, K., Hatton, R., Harasty, J., Vogrin, S., Cook, M., Bleasel, A. (2006). Volumetric analysis of a specific language region - the planum temporale. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 13(2), 206-213. [More Information]
  • Bleasel, A. (2005). Epilepsy in the new century. Treatment has advanced, but a stigma still surrounds this disorder. Medical Journal of Australia, 183(3), 121-122. [More Information]
  • Berroya, A., Bleasel, A., Stevermuer, T., Lawson, J., Bye, A. (2005). Spike morphology, location, and frequency in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes. Journal of Child Neurology, 20(3), 188-194. [More Information]
  • Northcott, E., Connolly, A., Berroya, A., Sabaz, M., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Taylor, A., Batchelor, J., Bleasel, A., et al (2005). The neuropsychological and language profile of children with benign rolandic epilepsy. Epilepsia, 46(6), 924-930. [More Information]
  • Nolan, M., Redoblado, M., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cunningham, A., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2004). Memory function in childhood epilepsy syndromes. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40(1), 20-27.
  • Berroya, A., McIntre, J., Webster, R., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2004). Speech And Language Deterioration In Benign Retrorolandic Epilepsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 19(1), 53-58.
  • Nolan, M., Redoblado, M., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cunningham, A., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2003). Intelligence in childhood epilepsy syndromes. Epilepsy Research, 53(1-2), 139-150.

2014

  • Ramanathan, S., Bleasel, A., Parratt, J., Orr, C., Dale, R., Vincent, A., Fung, V. (2014). Characterisation of a syndrome of autoimmune adult onset focal epilepsy and encephalitis. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 21(7), 1169-1175. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Somerville, E., Fulham, M., Bleasel, A. (2014). Metabolic changes in occipital lobe epilepsy with automatisms. Frontiers in Neurology, 5(135), 135. [More Information]
  • Knopman, A., Wong, C., Stevenson, R., Homewood, J., Mohamed, A., Somerville, E., Eberl, S., Wen, L., Fulham, M., Bleasel, A. (2014). The cognitive profile of occipital lobe epilepsy and the selective association of left temporal lobe hypometabolism with verbal memory impairment. Epilepsia, 55(8), e80-e84.

2013

  • Ryvlin, P., Nashef, L., Lhatoo, S., Bateman, L., Brid, J., Bleasel, A., Boon, P., Crespel, A., Dworetzky, B., Hogenhaven, H., et al (2013). Incidence and mechanisms of cardiorespiratory arrests in epilepsy monitoring units (MORTEMUS): a retrospective study. The Lancet Neurology, 12(10), 966-977. [More Information]
  • Mulley, J., Hodgson, B., McMahon, J., Iona, X., Bellows, S., Mullen, S., Farrell, K., Mackay, M., Sadleir, L., Bleasel, A., et al (2013). Role of the sodium channel SCN9A in genetic epilepsy with febrile seizures plus and Dravet syndrome. Epilepsia, 54(9), e122-e126. [More Information]
  • Carvill, G., Heavin, S., Yendle, S., McMahon, J., O’Roak, B., Cook, J., Khan, A., Dorschner, M., Weaver, M., Calvert, S., Bleasel, A., et al (2013). Targeted resequencing in epileptic encephalopathies identifies de novo mutations in CHD2 and SYNGAP1. Nature Genetics, 45(7), 825-830. [More Information]

2012

  • Sadleir, L., Vears, D., Regan, B., Redshaw, N., Bleasel, A., Scheffer, I. (2012). Family studies of individuals with eyelid myoclonia with absences. Epilepsia, 53(12), 2141-2148. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Byth Wilson, K., Fulham, M., Somerville, E., Mohamed, A. (2012). Relationship between preoperative hypometabolism and surgical outcome in neocortical epilepsy surgery. Epilepsia, 53(8), 1333-1340. [More Information]

2011

  • Essue, B., Jan, S., Hackett, M., Bleasel, A., Ireland, C., Berkovic, S., Anderson, C. (2011). Action to improve awareness, participation, care and support for people with epilepsy. Medical Journal of Australia, 194(1), 7-9. [More Information]
  • Irani, S., Michell, A., Lang, B., Pettingill, P., Waters, P., Johnson, M., Schott, J., Armstrong, R., Zagami, A., Bleasel, A., et al (2011). Faciobrachial dystonic seizures precede Lgi1 antibody limbic encephalitis. Annals of Neurology, 69(5), 892-900. [More Information]

2010

  • Wong, C., Mohamed, A., Larcos, G., McCredie, R., Somerville, E., Bleasel, A. (2010). Brain activation patterns of versive, hypermotor, and bilateral asymmetric tonic seizures. Epilepsia, 51(10), 2131-2139. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A., Wen, L., Eberl, S., Byth Wilson, K., Fulham, M., Somerville, E., Mohamed, A. (2010). The topography and significance of extratemporal hypometabolism in refractory mesial temporal lobe epilepsy examined by FDG-PET. Epilepsia, 51(8), 1365-1373. [More Information]

2009

  • Wong, C., Birkett, J., Byth Wilson, K., Dexter, M., Sommerville, E., Gill, D., Chaseling, R., Fearnside, M., Bleasel, A. (2009). Risk factors for complications during intracranial electrode recording in presurgical evaluation of drug resistant partial epilepsy. Acta Neurochirurgica, 151(1), 37-50. [More Information]
  • Palermo, R., Schmalzl, L., Mohamed, A., Bleasel, A., Miller, L. (2009). The effect of unilateral amygdala removals on detecting fear from briefly presented backward-masked faces. Neuropsychology, Development and Cognition. Section A: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32 (2010)(2), 123-131. [More Information]
  • Bruggemann, J., Wilke, M., Som, S., Bye, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J. (2009). Voxel-based morphometry in the detection of dysplasia and neoplasia in childhood epilepsy: limitations of grey matter analysis. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 16(6), 780-785. [More Information]

2008

  • Bleasel, A., Dinner, D. (2008). Mesial frontal epilepsy. In Luders H (Eds.), Textbook of Epilepsy Surgery, (pp. 247-284). United Kingdom: Informa UK Limited.

2007

  • Northcott, E., Connolly, A., Berroya, A., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Taylor, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J., Bye, A. (2007). Memory and phonological awareness in children with Benign Rolandic Epilepsy compared to a matched control group. Epilepsy Research, 75(1), 57-62. [More Information]
  • Bruggemann, J., Wilke, M., Som, S., Bye, A., Bleasel, A., Lawson, J. (2007). Voxel-based morphometry in the detection of dysplasia and neoplasia in childhood epilepsy: combined grey/white matter analysis augments detection. Epilepsy Research, 77(2-Mar), 93-101. [More Information]

2006

  • Connolly, A., Northcott, E., Cairns, D., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Berroya, A., Lawson, J., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2006). Quality of life of children with benign rolandic epilepsy. Pediatric Neurology, 35(4), 240-245. [More Information]
  • Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cairns, D., Duchowny, M., Resnick, T., Dean, P., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2006). The impact of epilepsy surgery on quality of life in children. Neurology, 66(4), 557-561. [More Information]
  • Wong, C., Bleasel, A. (2006). The investigation of a patient with a seizure. Medicine Today, 7, 7.
  • Vadlamudi, L., Byth Wilson, K., Hatton, R., Harasty, J., Vogrin, S., Cook, M., Bleasel, A. (2006). Volumetric analysis of a specific language region - the planum temporale. Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 13(2), 206-213. [More Information]

2005

  • Bleasel, A. (2005). Epilepsy in the new century. Treatment has advanced, but a stigma still surrounds this disorder. Medical Journal of Australia, 183(3), 121-122. [More Information]
  • Berroya, A., Bleasel, A., Stevermuer, T., Lawson, J., Bye, A. (2005). Spike morphology, location, and frequency in benign epilepsy with centrotemporal spikes. Journal of Child Neurology, 20(3), 188-194. [More Information]
  • Northcott, E., Connolly, A., Berroya, A., Sabaz, M., McIntyre, J., Christie, J., Taylor, A., Batchelor, J., Bleasel, A., et al (2005). The neuropsychological and language profile of children with benign rolandic epilepsy. Epilepsia, 46(6), 924-930. [More Information]

2004

  • Nolan, M., Redoblado, M., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cunningham, A., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2004). Memory function in childhood epilepsy syndromes. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 40(1), 20-27.
  • Berroya, A., McIntre, J., Webster, R., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2004). Speech And Language Deterioration In Benign Retrorolandic Epilepsy. Journal of Child Neurology, 19(1), 53-58.

2003

  • Nolan, M., Redoblado, M., Lah, S., Sabaz, M., Lawson, J., Cunningham, A., Bleasel, A., Bye, A. (2003). Intelligence in childhood epilepsy syndromes. Epilepsy Research, 53(1-2), 139-150.

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