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Dimitri Kullmann

Dimitri Kullmann

Professor Dimitri Kullmann FMedSci FRS


Elected: 2018




Dimitri Kullmann is a neurologist and neuroscientist who works on how synapses function in health and disease. His laboratory helped to show how neurotransmitters activate different receptor subtypes in and around synapses, and resolved some controversies about the mechanisms of long-term changes in synaptic strength. Genetic and autoimmune disorders of synaptic proteins (‘synaptopathies’) provide unparalleled insights into the mechanisms of a broad range of neurological diseases including epilepsy and migraine. Together with his colleagues, Dimitri Kullmann has used these insights to devise gene therapy strategies that could be used to treat intractable epilepsy. Dimitri Kullmann is currently a Professor of Neurology at the UCL Institute of Neurology. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2001, was awarded the Baly medal by the Royal College of Physicians in 2017, and is the editor of Brain.

Professional positions

Professor of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy Institute of Neurology, University College London (UCL)

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Anatomy, physiology and neurosciences
    • Cellular neuroscience, Physiology incl biophysics of cells (non-clinical)
  • Health and human sciences
    • Clinical neuroscience


Synaptic transmissions, functions of small circuits, channelopathies, synaptopathies, neuronal excitability, neurotransmiter release, neurology, gene threrapy for epilepsy

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