Psychiatrist wins prize for research into effects of brain surgery on severe epileptics

Dr Maurice Clancy (X) with X

Dr Maurice Clancy (X) with X - Credit: Archant

A trainee City and Hackney psychiatrist has won a prize for his research into severely epileptic patients who have brain tissue removed in a bid to prevent seizures.

Dr Maurice Clancy studied severely epileptic patients whose condition does not respond to medication, who often undergo surgery to remove a small part of their brain tissue causing seizures.

In the past research has suggested symptoms of depression, anxiety or psychosis – which often go hand in hand with epilepsy - can be made worse by surgery.

However Dr Clancy’s assessment of the perceived quality of life of a group of epileptic patients before and after surgery discovered no increase in rates of depression or anxiety after surgery and also found a reduction in psychotic-type symptoms associated with epilepsy.

Dr Clancy who works at the City and Hackney Centre for Mental Health and St Bartholomew’s Hospital presented his research at a conference in Dublin and was chosen among the other five shortlisted doctors to win the College of Psychiatrists of Ireland Trainee Research Prize Oral 2013.