Associate Professor Karl Ng
MBBS (Hons 1), FRCP, FRACP, CCT Clin Neurophys (UK), PhD
Conjoint Associate Professor
Medicine, Northern Clinical School
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Sydney North Neurology and Neurophysiology
Virtual Medical Centre
Dr Ng is a Conjoint Associate Professor at the Northern and Clinical School, University of Sydney, and Senior Staff Specialist Consultant Neurologist Royal North Shore Hospital. He completed his medical degree with First Class Honours at the University of New South Wales, and attained accreditation in Neurology from the Royal Australasian College of Physicians. He has undertaken a 3 year post-fellowship training in Clinical Neurophysiology at the prestigious National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London culminating in accreditation of a second specialty in the UK in this area. He completed a PhD thesis in the field of peripheral nerve axonal excitability.
Dr Ng is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London), Royal Australasian College of Physicians, and active in the Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN) where he is a councillor of the association and committee member of the EEG - Clinical Neurophysiology interest group. He is head of the Department of Clinical Neurophysiology at Royal North Shore Hospital, and has organised specialty training conferences in neurophysiology for the Australian association. He serves on the directors' board of the charitable Brain Foundation and is the NSW representative of the Australian and New Zealand Headache Society.He has more than 50 publications in international peer-reviewed journals, and is an invited reviewer for these learned societies. He is also an editorial advisory board member of VirtualMedicalCentre.
Dr Ng is in private practice at Sydney North Neurology and Neurophysiology, Crows Nest.
Currently, his main research interest is in peripheral neuromuscular disorders, especially the field of nerve axonal excitability which is the subject of a completed doctoral thesis, and muscle excitability.This includes studying both peripheral neuropathic, as well as central nervous system disorders such as multiple sclerosis for their peripheral adaptive plasticity.
Specific practice interests include clinical neurophysiology, and the medical uses of an botulinum toxin for medical conditions including movement disorders, pain syndromes such as chronic migraine prevention, and for hypersecretory disorders such as hyperhidrosis.
Teaching and supervision
Active teaching in the following: Sydney Medical School - Northern and Central Clinical School, Brain School - Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN),Neurophysiology Fellow - Royal North Shore Hospital, the ANZAN annual EMG workshop (principal organiser) and ANZAN Basic Physician Training Program - Royal North Shore Hospital. Supervision/mentoring of PhD/MPhil students. Regular speaking engagements are undertaken overseas and these include invited lectures in the Asia Pacific Region and the University of Sydney - Vietnam Hoc Maicollaboration.
Nerve and muscle excitabilty in neuromuscular disorders - David Burke, Christina Liang, Alastair Corbett, Garth Nicholson
Mulitple sclerosis - radiological phenotypic correlations; antibody mediated pain syndromes - John Parratt
Chronic headache syndromes, cervicogenic elements and assessment instruments - Trudy Rebbeck
Cortical excitability in motor neuropathies - Nimeshan Geevasinga and Steve Vucic
Neurogenetic movement disorders - Kishore Kumar and Carolyn Sue
Inflammatory biomarkers that predict the efficacy of IVIg treatment of CIDP - Wayne Dyer, ARCBS
Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists - councillor and director
Brain Foundation - director
Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) - fellow
Royal College of Physicians (UK) - fellow
Australian and New Zealand Headache Society - NSW representative
International Hyperhidrosis Society - member
Association of Neurophysiological Technicians of Australia - DDC AG member
Awards and honours
Bachelor degree in Medicine and Surgery - first class honours
Doctor of Philosophy - University of Sydney
Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists - PK Thomas fellowship to Royal Free Hospital, London
NHMRC project grant and fellowship recipient
RACP GSK fellowship in Neurology
Pfizer Neurosciences Research Grant
Brain Foundation Research Grant
Myositis Association Research Grant
RNSH Corner Shop Research Grant
In the media
Shallow water blackout – MJA article release, 2010; Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June, 2010; 2HD/2SM 24th Mar, 2014
PBS release of Botox for axillary hyperhidrosis, 25th Nov 2012 – radio interview with John D’Arcy, 2HD 19th Mar, 2014.
Botox as a new treatment for chronic migraine: A Current Affair - 23rd Oct 2013; Botox listed on the PBS for chronic migraine, radio (2GB, 2UE, 2HD) Mar 2014, Sunday Telegraph 2nd Mar 2014, The Australian Healthy Food Guide Apr 2014
(Huashan Hospital, Fudan University, Shanghai)
Professor Xiang-Jun Chen
(Institute of Neurology, University College London)
Professor Hugh Bostock
- Nerve and muscle excitability into neurological/ neuromuscular disorders; Ng K; Royal North Shore Hospital - The Corner Shop/Research Support.
- Neural plasticity following lesions of the central nervous system in Multiple Sclerosis; Burke D, Ng K, Pollard J, Ng K; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.
- Abnormalities of the excitability of peripheral nerve axons in multiple sclerosis and other disorder; Ng K; Royal Australasian College of Physicians/Research Grant.
- Plastic peripheral nerve changes of axonal exitability in multiple sclerosis and other central disorders; Ng K, Burke D, Pollard J; Pfizer Neuro Science Res Grants/Research Grant.