Finbar O'Callaghan

Dr Finbar O’Callaghan is Reader in Paediatric Neuroscience at the Institute of Child Health, University College London.
He has been a Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital since September 2013 and prior to that was a Consultant at Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children for 10 years.


  • epilepsy
  • tuberous sclerosis complex
  • stroke


Qualifications and training

  • MA in Modern History, University of Oxford, 1987
  • MB ChB, University of Bristol, 1990
  • Diploma of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 1997
  • MSc in Epidemiology, University of London, 1997
  • PhD in Clinical Epidemiology, University of Bath, 2002
  • Fellow of both the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health

Research interests

Dr O’Callaghan’s research has been in the area of neuroepidemiology and clinical trials. He has completed epidemiological studies of both tuberous sclerosis complex and childhood stroke. He is currently Chief Investigator of the International Collaborative Infantile Spasm Study (ICISS) and the Metformin in Tuberous Sclerosis (MiTS) trial.

Other responsibilities include being external examiner at University of Nottingham on the Bachelor of Medical Science course and Chair of the steering committee of the Distance Learning course of the British Paediatric Neurology Association.