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

Owen is a clinical lecturer in neurology. He practices clinically as a Neurology registrar in Cardiff and Swansea and is a Welsh Clinical Academic Trainee (WCAT). He completed his PhD in using big data for epilepsy genetic and epidemiologcial research in 2016 and is continuing his research interests in epilepsy genetics and epidemiology as part of Prof. Mark Rees’ group in the College of Medicine.

Mae Owen yn ddarllithydd clinigol Niwrolegol. Mae’n gweithio yn glinigol fel cofrestrydd Niwrolegol yng Nghaerdydd ac yn Abertawe yn dilyn cynllun hyfforddiant academaidd clinigol Cymru (WCAT). Fe gwblhaodd ddoethuriaeth mewn geneteg ac epidemioleg epilepsi yn 2016. Mae Owen yn parhau ei ddiddordebau ymchwil gan  gynnwys agweddau clinigol a genetig epilepsi, dadansoddi data genetig ac ymchwil ‘cysylltedd data’ o dan arweniaeth yr athro Mark Rees yn y coleg meddygol.

Areas of Expertise

  • epilepsy
  • genetics
  • next generation sequencing
  • natural language processing
  • routinely collected healthcare data


  1. & SUDEP and mortality in epilepsy: The role of routinely collected healthcare data, registries, and health inequalities. Epilepsy & Behavior, 106453
  2. et. al. Ultra-Rare Genetic Variation in the Epilepsies: A Whole-Exome Sequencing Study of 17,606 Individuals. The American Journal of Human Genetics 105(2), 267-282.
  3. & Using natural language processing to extract structured epilepsy data from unstructured clinic letters: development and validation of the ExECT (extraction of epilepsy clinical text) system. BMJ Open 9(4), e023232
  4. & Risk factors for self-harm in people with epilepsy. Journal of Neurology
  5. & New treatments in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology 265(9), 2162-2163.

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