Alexander Hammers

Alexander Hammers


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    Research interests

    Include the use of imaging to:

    • Elucidate the neurobiology of epilepsy
    • Work towards the noninvasive determination of epileptogenic areas during the presurgical workup
    • Determine normal and abnormal patterns of brain changes over time, including in the neurodegenerative diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's disease)
    • Automatically classify medical images
    • Interest in imaging methodology, including the development of simultaneous MRI-PET.

    Biographical details

    Alexander Hammers; a Neurologist with a particular interest in epilepsy, is Professor of Imaging and Neuroscience and Head of the King’s College London & Guy’s and St Thomas’ PET Centre at St Thomas’ Hospital. He also serves as Deputy Head of School, School of Biomedical Engineering and Imaging Sciences.

    He obtained an MD from the RWTH Aachen, Germany, in MR imaging of the hippocampus and a PhD from the University of London in PET investigations in focal epilepsy.

    His research area is medical imaging, in particular functional neuroimaging with quantified Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to understand mechanisms of neurological disease. Another area is structural neuroimaging using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and anatomical segmentation using a large manually annotated brain atlas database which his group has created over the past decade. The main areas of application of his research are the epilepsies and neurodegenerative diseases. The ultimate goal is to benefit individual patients through the clinical application of neuroscience, e.g. through classification with machine-learning techniques, or the combination of MRI and PET.

    He is affiliated with several professional organisations, has won several distinctions, teaches regularly, and reviews frequently for numerous journals and grant-giving bodies. He is an author on about 200 articles, conference proceedings, and book chapters (WoS h index 44, Google Scholar 53).

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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