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Professor Lynette Sadleir

Lynette Sadlier thumbnailProfessor Lynette Sadleir is a physician scientist with expertise in epilepsy phenotyping.

She is the director of the Epilepsy Research Group (ERG). The ERG is committed to improving the quality of life for children with epilepsy and their families. Their research aims to identify new and refine emerging genetic epilepsy syndromes and to discover the genetic abnormalities that cause them. The identification of new epilepsy syndromes and discovery of novel epilepsy genes leads to a deeper understanding of epilepsy with implications for diagnosis, prognosis and development of new treatments. The ERG has international collaborative ties with epilepsy genetic research groups in Australia and the USA.

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Publications

Oliver, K. L., Ellis, C. A., Scheffer, I. E., Ganesan, S., Leu, C., Sadleir, L. G., … Berkovic, S. F. (2022). Common risk variants for epilepsy are enriched in families previously targeted for rare monogenic variant discovery. EBioMedicine, 81, 104079. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104079

Bayat, A., de Valles-Ibáñez, G., Pendziwiat, M., Knaus, A., Alt, K., Biamino, E., … Sadleir, L. G. (2022). PIGN encephalopathy: Characterizing the epileptology. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.17173

Green, T. E., Motelow, J. E., Bennett, M. F., Ye, Z., Bennett, C. A., Griffin, N. G., … Sadleir, L. G., … Hildebrand, M. S. (2022). Sporadic hypothalamic hamartoma is a ciliopathy with somatic and bi-allelic contributions. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddab366

Koko, M., Motelow, J. E., Stanley, K. E., Bobbili, D. R., Dhindsa, R. S., May, P., … Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project, including Sadleir, L. G., … EuroEPINOMICS-CoGIE Consortium. (2022). Association of ultra-rare coding variants with genetic generalized epilepsy: A case–control whole exome sequencing study. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.17166

Sahly, A. N., Shevell, M., Sadleir, L. G., & Myers, K. A. (2022). SUDEP risk and autonomic dysfunction in genetic epilepsies. Autonomic Neuroscience, 237, 102907. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2021.102907

Poke, G., Sadleir, L. G., Merla, G., de Valles-Ibáñez, G., & Skinner, J. R. (2021). GNB5-related neurodevelopmental disorder. In M. P. Adam, H. H. Ardinger, R. A. Pagon, S. E. Wallace, L. J. H. Bean, G. Mirzaa & A. Amemiya (Eds.), GeneReviews. Seattle, WA: University of Washington. Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK573218/

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Kolc, K. L., Møller, R. S., Sadleir, L. G., Scheffer, I. E., Kumar, R., & Gecz, J. (2020). PCDH19 pathogenic variants in males: Expanding the phenotypic spectrum. In K. Turksen (Ed.), Cell biology and translational medicine: Advances in experimental medicine and biology. New York, NY: Springer. doi: 10.1007/5584_2020_574

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Sadleir, L. G., Gecz, J., & Scheffer, I. E. (2016). Epilepsies that occur predominantly in girls. In M. V. Johnston, H. P. Adams & A. Fatemi (Eds.), Neurobiology of disease. (2nd ed.) (pp. 307-311). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

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Sadleir, L. G. (2013). Childhood absence epilepsy and myoclonic absence epilepsy. In M. Duchowny, H. Cross & A. Arzimanoglou (Eds.), Pediatric epilepsy. (pp. 152-161). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.

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Bayat, A., de Valles-Ibáñez, G., Pendziwiat, M., Knaus, A., Alt, K., Biamino, E., … Sadleir, L. G. (2022). PIGN encephalopathy: Characterizing the epileptology. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.17173

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Green, T. E., Motelow, J. E., Bennett, M. F., Ye, Z., Bennett, C. A., Griffin, N. G., … Sadleir, L. G., … Hildebrand, M. S. (2022). Sporadic hypothalamic hamartoma is a ciliopathy with somatic and bi-allelic contributions. Human Molecular Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/hmg/ddab366

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Koko, M., Motelow, J. E., Stanley, K. E., Bobbili, D. R., Dhindsa, R. S., May, P., … Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project, including Sadleir, L. G., … EuroEPINOMICS-CoGIE Consortium. (2022). Association of ultra-rare coding variants with genetic generalized epilepsy: A case–control whole exome sequencing study. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.17166

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Oliver, K. L., Ellis, C. A., Scheffer, I. E., Ganesan, S., Leu, C., Sadleir, L. G., … Berkovic, S. F. (2022). Common risk variants for epilepsy are enriched in families previously targeted for rare monogenic variant discovery. EBioMedicine, 81, 104079. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2022.104079

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Ali, S., Stanley, J., Davis, S., Keenan, N., Scheffer, I., & Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Epidemiology of treated epilepsy in New Zealand children: A focus on ethnicity. Neurology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0000000000012784

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Begemann, A., Sticht, H., Begtrup, A., Vitobello, A., Faivre, L., Siddharth, B., … Day, R., … Sadleir, L. G., … Rauch, A. (2021). New insights into the clinical and molecular spectrum of the novel CYFIP2-related neurodevelopmental disorder and impairment of the WRC-mediated actin dynamics. Genetics in Medicine, 23(3), 543-554. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-01011-x

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Datta, A. N., Bahi-Buisson, N., Bienvenu, T., Buerki, S. E., Gardiner, F., Cross, J. H., … Sadleir, L. G., … Lemke, J. R. (2021). The phenotypic spectrum of X-linked, infantile onset ALG13-related developmental and epileptic encephalopathy. Epilepsia, 62, 325-334. doi: 10.1111/epi.16761

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de Valles-Ibáñez, G., Hildebrand, M. S., Bahlo, M., King, C., Coleman, M., Green, T. E., … Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Infantile-onset myoclonic developmental and epileptic encephalopathy: A new RARS2 phenotype. Epilepsia Open. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12553

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Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Sub-genic intolerance, ClinVar, and the epilepsies: A whole-exome sequencing study of 29,165 individuals. American Journal of Human Genetics. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2021.04.009

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Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project, Epi4K Consortium, including Sadleir, L. (2021). Diverse genetic causes of polymicrogyria with epilepsy. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.16854

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Jeffrey, J. S., Leathem, J., King, C., Mefford, H. C., Ross, K., & Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Developmental and epileptic encephalopathy: Personal utility of a genetic diagnosis for families. Epilepsia Open, 6, 149-159. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12458

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Koko, M., Krause, R., Sander, T., Bobbili, D. R., Nothnagel, M., May, P., … Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Distinct gene-set burden patterns underlie common generalized and focal epilepsies. EBioMedicine, 72, 103588. doi: 10.1016/j.ebiom.2021.103588

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Myers, K. A., Bennett, M. F., Grinton, B. E., Dabscheck, G., Chan, E. K., Bello-Espinosa, L. E., Sadleir, L. G., … Scheffer, I. E. (2021). Contribution of rare genetic variants to drug response in absence epilepsy. Epilepsy Research, 170, 106537. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2020.106537

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Scheffer, I. E., Hulihan, J., Messenheimer, J., Ali, S., Keenan, N., Griesser, J., … Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Safety and tolerability of transdermal cannabidiol gel in children with developmental and epileptic encephalopathies: A nonrandomized controlled trial. JAMA Network Open, 4(9), e2123930. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.23930

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Stamberger, H., Hammer, T. B., Gardella, E., Vlaskamp, D. R. M., Bertelsen, B., Mandelstam, S., … Sadleir, L. G., … Scheffer, I. E. (2021). NEXMIF encephalopathy: An X-linked disorder with male and female phenotypic patterns. Genetics in Medicine, 23(2), 363-373. doi: 10.1038/s41436-020-00988-9

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Stevelink, R., Luykx, J. J., Lin, B. D., Leu, C., Lal, D., Smith, A. W., … Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G. (2021). Shared genetic basis between genetic generalized epilepsy and background electroencephalographic oscillations. Epilepsia. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/epi.16922

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Bar, C., Barcia, G., Jennesson, M., Le Guyader, G., Schneider, A., Mignot, C., … Sadleir, L. G., … Nabbout, R. (2020). Expanding the genetic and phenotypic relevance of KCNB1 variants in developmental and epileptic encephalopathies: 27 new patients and overview of the literature. Human Mutation, 41, 69-80. doi: 10.1002/humu.23915

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Bar, C., Kuchenbuch, M., Barcia, G., Schneider, A., Jennesson, M., Le Guyader, G., … Sadleir, L. G., … Nabbout, R. (2020). Developmental and epilepsy spectrum of KCNB1 encephalopathy with long-term outcome. Epilepsia, 61, 2461-2473. doi: 10.1111/epi.16679

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Carvill, G. L., Helbig, K. L., Myers, C. T., Scala, M., Huether, R., Lewis, S., … Sadleir, L. G., … Kruer, M. C. (2020). Damaging de novo missense variants in EEF1A2 lead to a developmental and degenerative epileptic-dyskinetic encephalopathy. Human Mutation, 41, 1263-1279. doi: 10.1002/humu.24015

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Ellis, C. A., Berkovic, S. F., Epstein, M. P., Ottman, R., for the Epi4K Consortium, including Sadleir, L. G. (2020). The “maternal effect” on epilepsy risk: Analysis of familial epilepsies and reassessment of prior evidence. Annals of Neurology, 87(1), 132-138. doi: 10.1002/ana.25625

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Ellis, C. A., Ottman, R., Epstein, M. P., Berkovic, S. F., Epi4K Consortium, including Sadleir, L. G. (2020). Generalized, focal, and combined epilepsies in families: New evidence for distinct genetic factors. Epilepsia, 61(12), 2667-2674. doi: 10.1111/epi.16732

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Galer, P. D., Ganesan, S., Lewis-Smith, D., McKeown, S. E., Pendziwiat, M., Helbig, K. L., … the EPGP Investigators, including Sadleir, L., … Helbig, I. (2020). Semantic similarity analysis reveals robust gene-disease relationships in developmental and epileptic encephalopathies. American Journal of Human Genetics, 107, 683-697. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2020.08.003

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Heyne, H. O., Baez-Nieto, D., Iqbal, S., Palmer, D. S., Brunklaus, A., May, P., Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G., … Daly, M. J. (2020). Predicting functional effects of missense variants in voltage-gated sodium and calcium channels. Science Translational Medicine, 12, eaay6848. doi: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aay6848

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Kolc, K. L., Sadleir, L. G., Depienne, C., Marini, C., Scheffer, I. E., Møller, R. S., … Gecz, J. (2020). A standardized patient-centered characterization of the phenotypic spectrum of PCDH19 girls clustering epilepsy. Translational Psychiatry, 10(1), 127. doi: 10.1038/s41398-020-0803-0

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Niestroj, L.-M., Perez-Palma, E., Howrigan, D. P., Zhou, Y., Cheng, F., Saarentaus, E., … on behalf of the Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G. (2020). Epilepsy subtype-specific copy number burden observed in a genome-wide study of 17 458 subjects. Brain, 143, 2106-2118. doi: 10.1093/brain/awaa171

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Sadleir, L. G., Kolc, K. L., King, C., Mefford, H. C., Dale, R. C., Gecz, J., & Scheffer, I. E. (2020). Levetiracetam efficacy in PCDH19 girls clustering epilepsy. European Journal of Paediatric Neurology, 24, 142-147. doi: 10.1016/j.ejpn.2019.12.020

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Weisenberg, J. L. Z., Fitzgerald, R. T., Constantino, J. N., Winawer, M. R., Thio, L. L., for the EPGP Investigators, including Sadleir, L. G. (2020). Familial aggregation of status epilepticus in generalized and focal epilepsies. Neurology, 95, e2140-e2149. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0000000000010708

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Burgess, R., Wang, S., McTague, A., Boysen, K. E., Yang, X., Zeng, Q., … Sadleir, L. G., … Scheffer, I. E. (2019). The genetic landscape of epilepsy of infancy with migrating focal seizures. Annals of Neurology, 86(6), 821-831. doi: 10.1002/ana.25619

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Corbett, M. A., Kroes, T., Veneziano, L., Bennett, M. F., Florian, R., Schneider, A. L., … Sadleir, L. G., … Gecz, J. (2019). Intronic ATTTC repeat expansions in STARD7 in familial adult myoclonic epilepsy linked to chromosome 2. Nature Communications, 10, 4920. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12671-y

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Ellis, C. A., Churilov, L., Epstein, M. P., Xie, S. X., Bellows, S. T., Ottoman, R., … for the Epi4K Consortium, including Sadleir, L. G. (2019). Epilepsy in families: Age at onset is a familial trait, independent of syndrome. Annals of Neurology, 86(1), 91-98. doi: 10.1002/ana.25499

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Epi25 Collaborative, including Sadleir, L. G., King, C., & Mountier, E. (2019). Ultra-rare genetic variation in the epilepsies: A whole-exome sequencing study of 17,606 individuals. American Journal of Human Genetics, 105, 267-282. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2019.05.020

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Epi4K Consortium, including Paterson, S., & Sadleir, L. G. (2019). Quantitative analysis of phenotypic elements augments traditional electroclinical classification of common familial epilepsies. Epilepsia, 60(11), 2194-2203. doi: 10.1111/epi.16354

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Florian, R., Bisulli, F., Brancati, F., Canafoglia, L., Casari, G., Guerrini, R., … Sadleir, L. G., … Zara, F. (2019). Unstable TTTTA/TTTCA expansions in MARCH6 are associated with Familial Adult Myoclonic Epilepsy type 3. Nature Communications, 10, 4919. doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-12763-9

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Kolc, K. L., Sadleir, L. G., Scheffer, I. E., Ivancevic, A., Roberts, R., Pham, D., & Gecz, J. (2019). A systematic review and meta-analysis of 271 PCDH19-variant individuals identifies psychiatric comorbidities, and association of seizure onset and disease severity. Molecular Psychiatry, 24, 241-251. doi: 10.1038/s41380-018-0066-9

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Leu, C., Stevelink, R., Smith, A. W., Goleva, S. B., Kanai, M., Ferguson, L., … Epi25 Consortium, including Sadleir, L. G., King, C., Mountier, E., & Lal, D. (2019). Polygenic burden in focal and generalized epilepsies. Brain, 142, 3473-3481. doi: 10.1093/brain/awz292

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Osborne, J. P., Edwards, S. W., Dietrich Alber, F., Hancock, E., Johnson, A. L., Kennedy, C. R., … on behalf of the participating investigators, including Sadleir, L. (2019). The underlying etiology of infantile spasms (West syndrome): Information from the International Collaborative Infantile Spasms Study (ICISS). Epilepsia, 60, 1861-1869. doi: 10.1111/epi.16305

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Poke, G., King, C., Muir, A., de Valles-Ibáñez, G., Germano, M., de Souza, C. F. M., … Stanley, T., … Sadleir, L. G. (2019). The epileptology of GNB5 encephalopathy. Epilepsia, 60, e121-e127. doi: 10.1111/epi.16372

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Sands, T. T., Miceli, F., Lesca, G., Beck, A. E., Sadleir, L. G., Arrington, D. K., … Cilio, M. R. (2019). Autism and developmental disability caused by KCNQ3 gain-of-function variants. Annals of Neurology, 86(2), 181-192. doi: 10.1002/ana.25522

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Vlaskamp, D. R. M., Bassett, A. S., Sullivan, J. E., Robblee, J., Sadleir, L. G., Scheffer, I. E., & Andrade, D. M. (2019). Schizophrenia is a later‐onset feature of PCDH19 girls clustering epilepsy. Epilepsia, 60(3), 429-440. doi: 10.1111/epi.14678

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Gregor, A., Sadleir, L. G., Asadollahi, R., Azzarello-Burri, S., Battaglia, A., Bomme Ousager, L., … Zweier, C. (2018). De novo variants in the F-Box protein FBXO11 in 20 individuals with a variable neurodevelopmental disorder. American Journal of Human Genetics, 103(2), 305-316. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2018.07.003

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Helbig, K. L., Lauerer, R. J., Bahr, J. C., Souza, I. A., Myers, C. T., . . ., Sadleir, L. G., … Mefford, H. C. (2018). De novo pathogenic variants in CACNA1E cause developmental and epileptic encephalopathy with contractures, macrocephaly, and dyskinesias. American Journal of Human Genetics, 103, 666-678. doi: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2018.09.006

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Myers, K. A., Bello-Espinosa, L. E., Symonds, J. D., Zuberi, S. M., Clegg, R., Sadleir, L. G., … Scheffer, I. E. (2018). Heart rate variability in epilepsy: A potential biomarker of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy risk. Epilepsia, 59(7), 1372-1380. doi: 10.1111/epi.14438

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O’Callaghan, F. J. K., Edwards, S. W., Dietrich Alber, F., Cortina Borja, M., Hancock, E., Johnson, A. L., … on behalf of the International Collaborative Infantile Spasms Study (ICISS) investigators, including Sadleir, L. (2018). Vigabatrin with hormonal treatment versus hormonal treatment alone (ICISS) for infantile spasms: 18-month outcomes of an open-label, randomised controlled trial. Lancet Child & Adolescent Health, 2(10), 715-725. doi: 10.1016/S2352-4642(18)30244-X

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Bergin, P. S., Beghi, E., Sadleir, L. G., Brockington, A., Tripathi, M., Richardson, M. P., … Rosemergy, I., … on behalf of the EpiNet Study Group, including Ranta, A. (2017). EpiNet as a way of involving more physicians and patients in epilepsy research: Validation study and accreditation process. Epilepsia Open, 2(1), 20-31. doi: 10.1002/epi4.12033

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Bergin, P. S., Beghi, E., Sadleir, L. G., Tripathi, M., Richardson, M. P., Bianchi, E., … EpiNet Study Group, including Ranta, A. (2017). Do neurologists around the world agree when diagnosing epilepsy?: Results of an international EpiNet study. Epilepsy Research, 139, 43-50. doi: 10.1016/j.eplepsyres.2017.10.014

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Devinsky, O., Cross, H., Laux, L., Marsh, E., Miller, I., Nabbout, R., … for the Cannabidiol in Dravet Syndrome Study Group, including Sadleir, L. (2017). Trial of cannabidiol for drug-resistant seizures in the Dravet syndrome. New England Journal of Medicine, 376(21), 2011-2020. doi: 10.1056/NEJMoa1611618

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