Dr Owen Pickrell
Clinical Lecturer (WCAT)
Swansea University Medical School
Telephone: (01792) 295134
Room: Academic Office - 329
Third Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus

Mae Owen yn dilyn cynllun hyfforddiant academaidd clinigol Cymru (WCAT). Mae’n weithio yn glinigol fel cofrestrydd Niwrolegol yng Nghaerdydd ac yn Abertawe ac mae’n cwblhau doethuriaeth mewn geneteg epilepsi o dan arweiniaeth yr Athro Mark Rees yng ngholeg Meddygaeth Abertawe. Mae ei ddiddordebau ymchwil yn cynnwys agweddau clinigol a genetig epilepsi, dadansoddi data genetig ac ymchwil ‘cysylltedd data’.

Owen is a Wales Clinical Academic Trainee (WCAT). He practices clinically as a Neurology registrar in Cardiff and Swansea and is currently undertaking PhD studies in epilepsy genetics as part of Prof. Mark Rees’ group in the College of Medicine. His research interests include clinical and genetic epileptology, next generation sequencing analysis and data linkage research.

Areas of Expertise

  • epilepsy
  • genetics
  • next generation sequencing


  1. & Cannabidiol as a treatment for epilepsy. Journal of Neurology 264(12), 2506-2508.
  2. Phenotypic analysis of 303 multiplex families with common epilepsies. Brain
  3. & Validating epilepsy diagnoses in routinely collected data. Seizure 52, 195-198.
  4. Ultra-rare genetic variation in common epilepsies: a case-control sequencing study. The Lancet Neurology 16(2), 135-143.
  5. et. al. De Novo Mutations in SLC1A2 and CACNA1A Are Important Causes of Epileptic Encephalopathies. The American Journal of Human Genetics 99(2), 287-298.

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    In order to help students understand the biological basis for behavioural neuroscience and neurological disorders, this module seeks to integrate the multidisciplinary sciences ¿ for example, anatomy, physiology and biochemistry - that have combined to build the emerging field of neuroscience. The aim is to gain a mechanistic and holistic knowledge of the nervous system that builds from the molecular, cellular and developmental, to the systems level. In addition to exploring normal function, this module will introduce common disorders of the central and peripheral nervous systems in an integrated way. Students will be guided in exploring the scientific evidence around what is known and unknown and will be introduced to current research findings in the scientific literature.