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. & 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
  2. & Risk factors for self-harm in people with epilepsy. Journal of Neurology
  3. & New treatments in Alzheimer’s disease. Journal of Neurology 265(9), 2162-2163.
  4. et. al. The phenotype of bilateral hippocampal sclerosis and its management in “real life” clinical settings. Epilepsia 59(7), 1410-1420.
  5. & Educational attainment of children born to mothers with epilepsy. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, jnnp-2017-317515

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  • PM-257 Neuroscience

    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.

  • PM-300 Medical Genetics

    The course is designed to provide an advanced study of the identification of human genes and the determination of the influence of human genes upon disease and health status. Gene identification provides targets for the development of new pharmaceuticals and the range of variation present in the population.

  • PMGM16 Genomics of Common and Rare Inherited Disease

    This module will provide an introduction to the clinical presentation and manifestations of rare inherited and common diseases, and considers the patient and family perspective with respect to the role and impact of genomics. It reviews traditional and current strategies and techniques used to identify genes responsible for both common multifactorial and rare inherited diseases.


  • Natural language processing (NLP) for clinical information extraction and healthcare research. (current)

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    Other supervisor: Prof Mark Rees