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Barry Seemungal is a consultant neurologist with a specialist and research interest in dizziness and eye movement problems due to ear, eye and brain disorders including multiple sclerosis, stroke and ataxia.
He regularly lectures healthcare professionals about managing problems of dizziness, ataxia and eye movement disorders, both in the UK and abroad, including teaching sessions at the Royal College of Physicians in London, at European Neurological meetings and at BMJ masterclasses in India.
He completed a PhD in Vestibular Neurosciences at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London and trained in clinical neurology in London.
In addition to being part of the Trust's acute neurology rota, he provides an acute vertigo service to St Mary's Hospital, including acute referrals on the Major Trauma Unit, at St Mary’s Hospital.
Areas of interest
Neuro-Otology: I am an expert in disorders of balance, eye movements and dizziness due to ear, eye and brain disorders including multiple sclerosis, nystagmus, stroke, ataxia, trauma, migraine and BPPV.
- Janet Mills
- Centre of Neuroscience, Division of Experimental Medicine Imperial College London, Charing Cross Hospital Fulham Palace Road LONDON W6 8RF
- 020 3311 7285
- Imperial College London: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/people/b.seemungal
Current NHS consultant posts held
Consultant neurologist at Charing Cross & St Mary's Hospitals, London.
Dr Seemungal has received research funding from the Academy of Medical Sciences and Health Foundation Clinician Scientist Fellowship Programme and the Medical Research Council UK. He is a registered expert on European Research and Innovation database and has provided expert review of the NICE 'Vertigo' Guidelines. See http://cks.nice.org.uk/vertigo. He is a member of Barany Society working group for classification of vestibular migraine & co-author of published classification.
I enjoy playing football and tennis. I have a long standing passion for amateur photography (starting out in the pre-digital era) and enjoy the visual and performing arts. I also enjoy good food and fine wine.
I also enjoy engaging with the public on topics of science including on BBC Radio 4 Today programme (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24295974); and at public workshops such as the Wellcome Trust Dance Workshop at the Bloosmbury Festival in October 2013.
MRC Intercalated BSc Scholarship.
Academy of Medical Sciences and Health Foundation Clinician Scientist Fellowship.
(Additional) Languages spoken
SELECTED RECENT PUBLICATIONS
Tahtis V, Kaski D, Seemungal BM. The effect of single session bi-cephalic transcranial direct current stimulation on gait performance in sub-acute stroke: A pilot study. Restor Neurol Neurosci. 2014 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print].
Seemungal BM. The cognitive neurology of the vestibular system. Curr Opin Neurol. 2014 Feb;27(1):125-32.
Nigmatullina Y, Hellyer PJ, Nachev P, Sharp DJ, Seemungal BM. The Neuroanatomical Correlates of Training-Related Perceptuo-Reflex Uncoupling in Dancers. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Sep 26.
Seemungal BM, Guzman-Lopez J, Arshad Q, Schultz SR, Walsh V, Yousif N. Vestibular activation differentially modulates human early visual cortex and V5/MT excitability and response entropy. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Jan;23(1):12-9.
(Consensus paper) Lempert T, Olesen J, Furman J, Waterston J, Seemungal B, Carey J, Bisdorff A, Versino M, Evers S, Newman-Toker D. Vestibular migraine: diagnostic criteria. J Vestib Res. 2012;22(4):167-72.
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- BSc Hons (Intercalated in Physiology) Cardiff University 1989
- MB BCh Cardiff University 1994
- MRCP Royal College of Physicians 1996
- PhD University College London, Institute of neurology 2005
- FRCP Royal College of Physicians 2013
Reference number 3558135
Details of entry to specialist register
- Specialist / Neurology, 2008
Affiliations / memberships
Association of British Neurologists
The Barany Society
Society for Neuroscience
British Society for Neuro-Otology
British Medical Association
Medical Defence Union
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.