UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Dr Beate Diehl

Dr Beate Diehl

Associate Professor

Clinical & Experimental Epilepsy

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

Joined UCL
1st Apr 2011

Research summary

I am a Neurologist/epileptologist and Clinical Neurophysiologist focusing on the presurgical evaluation of intractable epilepsy patients including intracranial EEG recordings. The aim is to precisely identify the ictal onset zone and the amount of tissue to be resected to render a patient seizure free without causing deficits. Despite many technical advances, results regarding cognitive deficits and seizure freedom rates following epilepsy surgery often remain sub-optimal.

My research centres around improving outcomes for people with medication refractory epilepsy. This is achieved by exploring the epileptogenic networks involved in seizure onset, and direct electrical cortical stimulation to understand function and dysfunction of seizure- and cognitive networks, and correlating this with neuroimaging.

In addition, I lead an NIH funded grant on autonomics and imaging markers of SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy) at UCL, a project integrated in the Center without walls on SUDEP research.


Teaching summary

Teaching of SPRs and SHOs in Neurology/epilepsy and clinical Neurophysiology. I am also involved in teaching of other professional groups, nurses and physiologists. Lecturing for MSc students and also at national and international symposia and conferences.


University College London
Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy | 2011
Not stated
Doctorate, Doctor of Medicine | 1992


I graduated from the Ruprecht-Karls-University Medical School in Heidelberg and pursued Neurology training at both the Universities of Mainz and Muenster in Germany. I obtained subspecialty training in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland USA and subsequently qualified as a Neurologist in the USA. I  am a Diplomate of the American Boards of Psychiatry and  Neurology, Inc. and Clinical Neurophysiology. I held a faculty position at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Epilepsy Center from August 2003 until March 2008 when I joined the National Hospital of Neurology and Neurosurgery in London as a Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist. I was elected FRCP in 2011.