Professor Scheffer is Chair of Paediatric Neurology at The University of Melbourne and Senior Principal Research Fellow at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health. Professor Scheffer currently leads the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences as its President.


She has made several major advances in the field of epilepsyresearch. Scheffer is credited with finding the first geneimplicated in epilepsy. She has also described and classified novel epileptic syndromes such as Epilepsy limited to Females with Mental Retardation.


Awards and honours

L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science(2012)

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science(2014)

Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences

Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society(FRS) in 2018