Professor Stefano Seri MD, FRCP


Professor of Clinical Neurophysiology
and Developmental Neuropsychiatry

School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University

Birmingham B4 7ET

email: s.seri@aston.ac.uk
telephone: +44 (0) 121 204 4103

Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology, Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Medical Director, Aston Brain Centre

Director of the Aston MRI Research Centre

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research Centre

Aston Brain Centre

Aston Research centre in CHildren and Young people's health(ARCHY)

     Professional Association 

  • Elected Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (London)
  • General Medical Council UK, Specialist Register in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Ordine dei Medici di Roma e Provincia, Italy
  • Specialist Register in Developmental Neurology and Psychiatry, Italy

      Brief career history

  • 1975-81 University "La Sapienza", Medical School, Rome, Italy.
  • 1981-85 Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Neurology and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
  • 1985-88 Fondazione Clinica del Lavoro Research Fellow. University "La Sapienza", Rome.
  • 1988-98 Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Neurology and Psychiatry, University "La Sapienza".
  • 1998- Consultant in Clinical Neurophysiology "The Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust" and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Institute of Child Health, University of Birmingham Medical School
  • 2001-2004 Professor of Developmental Neuropsychiatry, University "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
  • 2004- Prof. of Clinical Neurophysiology and Developmental Neuropsychiatry, School of Life and Health Sciences, Aston University
  • 2005-2008 Convener Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Research Group
  • 2005- Director MRI Research Centre, Aston University
  • 2011-Medical Director, Aston Brain Centre
  • 2014- Member of the medical advisor committee, Epilepsy Action

Post-Doctoral Fellows

  • 1985-1988 Dr. Francesco Pisani (University La Sapienza, Italy)
  • 2005-2009 Dr. Jade N. Thai (Aston University)
  • 2012-        Dr. Elaine Foley (Aston University)
  • 2015-       Dr. Lucia Quitadamo Marie Sklodowska Curie Research Fellow, Aston University, EU Horizon 2020 programme funded    

      Post-Graduate Student Supervision

  • 2001-2004  Dr. M.C. Porfirio, MD (University "Tor Vergata", Rome)
  • 2001-2004  Dr. M. Lucia Montanaro, MD (University "Tor Vergata", Rome)
  • 2008-2011  Dr. Daniela Brazzo, MD (Aston University)
  • 2012-         Ms. Parnpreet Virk (Aston University)
  • 2013-         Mr. Michael Hall
  • 2014-        Miss Jane Pennifold, Miss Darshna Shah (Aston University)


Grant awarded since at Aston University 

1.Lord Dowding Fund for Humane Research.‘Functional imaging programme grant for humane research’ Prof P.L.Furlong, Prof S. Seri, Dr J.B. Talcott, Dr NJ Thai.  (2010–2015)£250,000

2.BCH Research Foundation Grant 152. Non-invasive mapping of epileptogenic cortex using MEG and EEG-triggered fMRI. Towards reducing morbidity in pre-surgical assessment of children with drug-resistant epilepsy. P.I. Professor Stefano Seri (2010-11) £48850

3.BCH Research Foundation Grant 280. Identification of seizure-related secondary neural damage with MRI morphometry in children with symptomatic focal epilepsies. P.I. Prof. Stefano Seri (2010-12), £ 49850

4.Wellcome Trust Equipment Grant Ref: 088314/Z/09/Z. Development of a paediatric MEG system co P.I. Prof S Seri,  Finished 1.12.2012,  £1,000,000  

5.Waterloo Foundation. “Abnormal Neuronal Networks as early Magnetoencephalographic Biomarker of Language Impairment in Benign Epilepsy with Centro-Temporal Spikes”. PI Prof. Stefano Seri. 2012, £38674

6. BCHRF349  A translational study of neural mechanisms of drug resistance in paediatric epilepsy. PI Stefano Seri (2013-2016), £45726.21.

7.Epilepsy Research UK. Identifying developmentally-appropriate non-invasive functional imaging paradigms to predict cognitive outcome after paediatric epilepsy surgery. PI Prof. Stefano Seri, 2015, £21666

      Selected publications

  • 1.Spagnoli C, Seri S, Pavlidis E, Mazzotta S, Pelosi A, Pisani F. Phenobarbital for Neonatal Seizures: Response Rate and Predictors of Refractoriness. Neuropediatrics. 2016.
  • 2.Rajabally YA, Seri S, Cavanna AE. Neuropsychiatric Manifestations in Inflammatory Neuropathies: A Systematic Review. Muscle Nerve. 2016.
  • 3.Porcaro C, Di Lorenzo G, Seri S, Pierelli F, Tecchio F, Coppola G. Impaired brainstem and thalamic high-frequency oscillatory EEG activity in migraine between attacks. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache. 2016.
  • 4.Pisani F, Piccolo B, Cantalupo G, Copioli C, Fusco C, Pelosi A, et al. Letter to the Editor. Brain & development. 2016;38(3):354.
  • 5.Osman A, Seri S, Cavanna AE. Clinical characteristics of patients with epilepsy in a specialist neuropsychiatry service. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2016;58:44-7.
  • 6.Evans J, Seri S, Cavanna AE. The effects of Gilles de la Tourette syndrome and other chronic tic disorders on quality of life across the lifespan: a systematic review. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016.
  • 7.Cavanna AE, Seri S. Neurophysiological investigations for the diagnosis of non-epileptic attack disorder in neuropsychiatry services: from safety standards to improved effectiveness. Acta Neuropsychiatr. 2016:1-10.
  • 8.Burgess AP, Fouquet NC, Seri S, Hawken MB, Heard A, Neasham D, et al. Acute Exposure to Terrestrial Trunked Radio (TETRA) has effects on the electroencephalogram and electrocardiogram, consistent with vagal nerve stimulation. Environ Res. 2016;150:461-9.
  • 9.Balottin L, Selvini C, Luoni C, Mannarini S, Chiappedi M, Seri S, et al. Personality Profile of Male Adolescents With Tourette Syndrome: A Controlled Study. Journal of child neurology. 2016;31(3):294-9.
  • 10.Di Lorenzo G, Daverio A, Ferrentino F, Santarnecchi E, Ciabattini F, Monaco L, et al. Altered resting-state EEG source functional connectivity in schizophrenia: the effect of illness duration. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015;9:234.
  • 11.Cavanna AE, Seri S. Misophonia: current perspectives. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2015;11:2117-23.
  • 12.Balottin L, Selvini C, Luoni C, Mannarini S, Chiappedi M, Seri S, et al. Personality Profile of Male Adolescents With Tourette Syndrome: A Controlled Study. Journal of child neurology. 2015.
  • 13.Porcaro C, Medaglia MT, Thai NJ, Seri S, Rotshtein P, Tecchio F. Contradictory reasoning network: an EEG and FMRI study. PloS one. 2014;9(3):e92835.
  • 14.Foley E, Cerquiglini A, Cavanna A, Nakubulwa MA, Furlong PL, Witton C, et al. Magnetoencephalography in the study of epilepsy and consciousness. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2014;30:38-42.
  • 15.Di Lorenzo C, Daverio A, Pasqualetti P, Coppola G, Giannoudas I, Barone Y, et al. The upstream Variable Number Tandem Repeat polymorphism of the monoamine oxidase type A gene influences trigeminal pain-related evoked responses. The European journal of neuroscience. 2014;39(3):501-7.
  • 16.Crossley E, Seri S, Stern JS, Robertson MM, Cavanna AE. Premonitory urges for tics in adult patients with Tourette syndrome. Brain & development. 2014;36(1):45-50.
  • 17.Cox JH, Seri S, Cavanna AE. Clinical utility of implantable neurostimulation devices as adjunctive treatment of uncontrolled seizures. Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2014;10:2191-200.
  • 18.Cox JH, Seri S, Cavanna AE. Zonisamide as a treatment for partial epileptic seizures: a systematic review. Advances in therapy. 2014;31(3):276-88.
  • 19.Agirre-Arrizubieta Z, Thai NJ, Valentin A, Furlong PL, Seri S, Selway RP, et al. The value of Magnetoencephalography to guide electrode implantation in epilepsy. Brain topography. 2014;27(1):197-207.
  • 20.Porcaro C, Coppola G, Pierelli F, Seri S, Di Lorenzo G, Tomasevic L, et al. Multiple frequency functional connectivity in the hand somatosensory network: An EEG study. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2013.
  • 21.Cavanna AE, Seri S. Tourette's syndrome. Bmj. 2013;347:f4964.
  • 22.Cavanna AE, Seri S. Psychiatric adverse effects of zonisamide in patients with epilepsy and mental disorder comorbidities. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2013;29(2):281-4.
  • 23.Cavanna AE, Seri S. Behavioural profile of zonisamide in adult patients with epilepsy and neuropsychiatric comorbidity. Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry. 2013;84(9):e1.
  • 24.Cavanna AE, Luoni C, Selvini C, Blangiardo R, Eddy CM, Silvestri PR, et al. The Gilles de la Tourette Syndrome-Quality of Life Scale for children and adolescents (C&A-GTS-QOL): development and validation of the Italian version. Behavioural neurology. 2013;27(1):95-103.
  • 25.Seri S, Di Lorenzo G, Pisano T, Pinci M, Brazzo D, Betteridge H, et al. Interictal autonomic abnormalities in idiopathic Rolandic epilepsy. Epilepsy & behavior : E&B. 2012;24(2):241-5.
  • 26.Pisani F, Piccolo B, Cantalupo G, Copioli C, Fusco C, Pelosi A, et al. Neonatal seizures and postneonatal epilepsy: a 7-y follow-up study. Pediatric research. 2012;72(2):186-93.
  • 27.Pisani F, Copioli C, Turco EC, Sisti L, Cossu G, Seri S. Mortality risk after neonatal seizures in very preterm newborns. Journal of child neurology. 2012;27(10):1264-9.
  • 28.Mitchell JW, Seri S, Cavanna AE. Pharmacotherapeutic and Non-Pharmacological Options for Refractory and Difficult-to-Treat Seizures. Journal of central nervous system disease. 2012;4:105-15.
  • 29.Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenite D, Rubboli G, Hirsch E, Martins da Silva A, Seri S, Wilkins A, et al. Methodology of photic stimulation revisited: updated European algorithm for visual stimulation in the EEG laboratory. Epilepsia. 2012;53(1):16-24.
  • 30.Di Lorenzo C, Di Lorenzo G, Daverio A, Pasqualetti P, Coppola G, Giannoudas I, et al. The Val66Met polymorphism of the BDNF gene influences trigeminal pain-related evoked responses. The journal of pain : official journal of the American Pain Society. 2012;13(9):866-73.
  • 31.Seri S, Brazzo D, Thai NJ, Cerquiglini A. Brain mechanisms of altered consciousness in generalised seizures. Behavioural neurology. 2011;24(1):43-6.
  • 32.Brazzo D, Di Lorenzo G, Bill P, Fasce M, Papalia G, Veggiotti P, et al. Abnormal visual habituation in pediatric photosensitive epilepsy. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2011;122(1):16-20.
  • 33.Hall SD, Barnes GR, Furlong PL, Seri S, Hillebrand A. Neuronal network pharmacodynamics of GABAergic modulation in the human cortex determined using pharmaco-magnetoencephalography. Human brain mapping. 2010;31(4):581-94.
  • 34.Bianchi L, Sami S, Hillebrand A, Fawcett IP, Quitadamo LR, Seri S. Which physiological components are more suitable for visual ERP based brain-computer interface? A preliminary MEG/EEG study. Brain topography. 2010;23(2):180-5.
  • 35.Seri S, Thai JN, Brazzo D, Pisani F, Cerquiglini A. Neurophysiology of CSWS-associated cognitive dysfunction. Epilepsia. 2009;50 Suppl 7:33-6.
  • 36.Porcaro C, Coppola G, Di Lorenzo G, Zappasodi F, Siracusano A, Pierelli F, et al. Hand somatosensory subcortical and cortical sources assessed by functional source separation: an EEG study. Human brain mapping. 2009;30(2):660-74.
  • 37.Pisani F, Sisti L, Seri S. A scoring system for early prognostic assessment after neonatal seizures. Pediatrics. 2009;124(4):e580-7.
  • 38.Medaglia MT, Tecchio F, Seri S, Di Lorenzo G, Rossini PM, Porcaro C. Contradiction in universal and particular reasoning. Human brain mapping. 2009;30(12):4187-97.
  • 39.Pisani F, Barilli AL, Sisti L, Bevilacqua G, Seri S. Preterm infants with video-EEG confirmed seizures: outcome at 30 months of age. Brain & development. 2008;30(1):20-30.
  • 40.Fisher AE, Furlong PL, Seri S, Adjamian P, Witton C, Baldeweg T, et al. Interhemispheric differences of spectral power in expressive language: a MEG study with clinical applications. International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 2008;68(2):111-22.
  • 41.Barbati G, Porcaro C, Hadjipapas A, Adjamian P, Pizzella V, Romani GL, et al. Functional source separation applied to induced visual gamma activity. Human brain mapping. 2008;29(2):131-41.
  • 42.Seri S, Pisani F, Thai JN, Cerquiglini A. Pre-attentive auditory sensory processing in autistic spectrum disorder. Are electromagnetic measurements telling us a coherent story? International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 2007;63(2):159-63.
  • 43.Marini C, Mei D, Temudo T, Ferrari AR, Buti D, Dravet C, et al. Idiopathic epilepsies with seizures precipitated by fever and SCN1A abnormalities. Epilepsia. 2007;48(9):1678-85.
  • 44.Capovilla G, Beccaria F, Gambardella A, Montagnini A, Avantaggiato P, Seri S. Photosensitive benign myoclonic epilepsy in infancy. Epilepsia. 2007;48(1):96-100.
  • 45.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Harding GF. Visually induced syncope: a nonepileptic manifestation of visual sensitivity? Neurology. 2006;67(2):359-60.
  • 46.Cerminara C, Seri S, Bombardieri R, Pinci M, Curatolo P. Hypohidrosis during topiramate treatment: a rare and reversible side effect. Pediatric neurology. 2006;34(5):392-4.
  • 47.Cerminara C, Bombardieri R, Pinci M, Seri S, Curatolo P. Deletion of the long arm of chromosome 6: report on a new case with intractable epilepsy. Journal of child neurology. 2006;21(6):527-31.
  • 48.Curatolo P, Bombardieri R, Verdecchia M, Seri S. Intractable seizures in tuberous sclerosis complex: from molecular pathogenesis to the rationale for treatment. Journal of child neurology. 2005;20(4):318-25.
  • 49.Rubboli G, Parra J, Seri S, Takahashi T, Thomas P. EEG diagnostic procedures and special investigations in the assessment of photosensitivity. Epilepsia. 2004;45 Suppl 1:35-9.
  • 50.Romanelli P, Verdecchia M, Rodas R, Seri S, Curatolo P. Epilepsy surgery for tuberous sclerosis. Pediatric neurology. 2004;31(4):239-47.
  • 51.Parmeggiani L, Seri S, Bonanni P, Guerrini R. Electrophysiological characterization of spontaneous and carbamazepine-induced epileptic negative myoclonus in benign childhood epilepsy with centro-temporal spikes. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2004;115(1):50-8.
  • 52.Leuzzi V, Di Sabato ML, Zollino M, Montanaro ML, Seri S. Early-onset encephalopathy and cortical myoclonus in a boy with MECP2 gene mutation. Neurology. 2004;63(10):1968-70.
  • 53.Curatolo P, Porfirio MC, Manzi B, Seri S. Autism in tuberous sclerosis. European journal of paediatric neurology : EJPN : official journal of the European Paediatric Neurology Society. 2004;8(6):327-32.
  • 54.Cerminara C, Montanaro ML, Curatolo P, Seri S. Lamotrigine-induced seizure aggravation and negative myoclonus in idiopathic rolandic epilepsy. Neurology. 2004;63(2):373-5.
  • 55.Tecchio F, Benassi F, Zappasodi F, Gialloreti LE, Palermo M, Seri S, et al. Auditory sensory processing in autism: a magnetoencephalographic study. Biological psychiatry. 2003;54(6):647-54.
  • 56.Capovilla G, Beccaria F, Montagnini A, Cusmai R, Franzoni E, Moscano F, et al. Short-term nonhormonal and nonsteroid treatment in West syndrome. Epilepsia. 2003;44(8):1085-8.
  • 57.Sgouros S, Seri S. The effect of intrathecal baclofen on muscle co-contraction in children with spasticity of cerebral origin. Pediatric neurosurgery. 2002;37(5):225-30.
  • 58.Wassmer E, Quinn E, Whitehouse W, Seri S. Melatonin as a sleep inductor for electroencephalogram recordings in children. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 2001;112(4):683-5.
  • 59.Wassmer E, Fogarty M, Page A, Johnson K, Quin E, Seri S, et al. Melatonin as a sedation substitute for diagnostic procedures: MRI and EEG. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2001;43(2):136.
  • 60.Wassmer E, Carter PF, Quinn E, McLean N, Welsh G, Seri S, et al. Melatonin is useful for recording sleep EEGs: a prospective audit of outcome. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2001;43(11):735-8.
  • 61.Sgouros S, Seri S, Natarajan K. The clinical value of electroencephalogram/magnetic resonance imaging co-registration and three-dimensional reconstruction in the surgical treatment of epileptogenic lesions. Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. 2001;17(3):139-44.
  • 62.Menakaya JO, Wassmer E, Bradshaw K, Seri S, Whitehouse WP. Idiopathic central pontine myelinolysis in childhood. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 2001;43(10):697-700.
  • 63.Curatolo P, Seri S, Verdecchia M, Bombardieri R. Infantile spasms in tuberous sclerosis complex. Brain & development. 2001;23(7):502-7.
  • 64.Leuzzi V, Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Carducci C, Carducci C, Antonozzi I. Derangement of the dopaminergic system in phenylketonuria: study of the event-related potential (P300). Journal of inherited metabolic disease. 2000;23(4):317-20.
  • 65.Wassmer E, Quinn E, Seri S, Whitehouse W. The acceptability of sleep-deprived electroencephalograms. Seizure : the journal of the British Epilepsy Association. 1999;8(7):434-5.
  • 66.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Pisani F, Curatolo P. Autism in tuberous sclerosis: evoked potential evidence for a deficit in auditory sensory processing. Clinical neurophysiology : official journal of the International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology. 1999;110(10):1825-30.
  • 67.Pisani F, Seri S, Pelliccia A. Landau-Kleffner syndrome and atypical benign partial epilepsy of childhood: the effectiveness of acetazolamide. Neuropediatrics. 1999;30(3):164.
  • 68.de Crespigny AJ, Howard D, D'Arceuil H, Muller H, Agoston AT, Seri S, et al. Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI of Implanted VX2 tumors in rabbit muscle: comparison of Gd-DTPA and NMS60. Magnetic resonance imaging. 1999;17(9):1297-305.
  • 69.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Pisani F, Michel CM, Pascual Marqui RD, Curatolo P. Frontal lobe epilepsy associated with tuberous sclerosis: electroencephalographic-magnetic resonance image fusioning. Journal of child neurology. 1998;13(1):33-8.
  • 70.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Pisani F. Spike-induced interference in auditory sensory processing in Landau-Kleffner syndrome. Electroencephalography and clinical neurophysiology. 1998;108(5):506-10.
  • 71.Lantz G, Michel CM, Pascual-Marqui RD, Spinelli L, Seeck M, Seri S, et al. Extracranial localization of intracranial interictal epileptiform activity using LORETA (low resolution electromagnetic tomography). Electroencephalography and clinical neurophysiology. 1997;102(5):414-22.
  • 72.Ferracuti S, Seri S, Mattia D, Cruccu G. Quantitative EEG modifications during the Cold Water Pressor Test: hemispheric and hand differences. International journal of psychophysiology : official journal of the International Organization of Psychophysiology. 1994;17(3):261-8.
  • 73.Cerquiglini A, Seri S, Sturniolo MG, Galletti F. Computerized electroencephalographic assessment of congenital brain infarction. Child's nervous system : ChNS : official journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery. 1994;10(4):252-8.
  • 74.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Guidetti V. Computerized EEG topography in childhood migraine between and during attacks. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache. 1993;13(1):53-6.
  • 75.Seri S, Cerquiglini A. Dynamic changes of alpha power as a probe of linguistic processes in normal and dyslexic children. Brain topography. 1993;5(4):395-8.
  • 76.Seri S, Cerquiglini A, Cusmai R, Curatolo P. Tuberous sclerosis: relationships between topographic mapping of EEG, VEPs and MRI findings. Neurophysiologie clinique = Clinical neurophysiology. 1991;21(3):161-72.
  • 77.Ottaviano S, Guidetti V, Allemand F, Spinetoli B, Seri S. Laterality of arm movement in full-term newborn. Early human development. 1989;19(1):3-7.
  • 78.Leuzzi V, Favata I, Seri S. Bilateral striatal lesions. Developmental medicine and child neurology. 1988;30(2):252-7.
  • 79.Guidetti V, Moschetta A, Ottaviano S, Seri S, Fornara R. Random dominance and childhood migraine: a new marker? A controlled study of laterality in children with migraine. Functional neurology. 1987;2(1):59-68.
  • 80.Guidetti V, Fornara R, Ottaviano S, Petrilli A, Seri S, Cortesi F. Personality inventory for children and childhood migraine. A case-controlled study. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache. 1987;7(4):225-30.
  • 81.Guidetti V, Fornara R, Marchini R, Moschetta A, Pagliarini M, Ottaviano S, et al. Headache and epilepsy in childhood: analysis of a series of 620 children. Functional neurology. 1987;2(3):323-41.
  • 82.Guidetti V, Mazzei G, Ottaviano S, Pagliarini M, Paolella A, Seri S. The utilization of the Rorschach test in a case-controlled study. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache. 1986;6(2):87-93.
  • 83.Guidetti V, Ottaviano S, Pagliarini M, Paolella A, Seri S. Psychological peculiarities in children with recurrent primary headache. Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache. 1983;3 Suppl 1:215-7.