MB BS Syd, FRACP, Doctorate of Medicine
Dr Annie Bye OAM is a Conjoint Associate Professor in the Discipline of Paediatrics in the School of Women's & Children's Health. She is a Senior Paediatric Neurologist at Sydney Children’s Hospital and Departmental Head.
Conjoint A/Prof Annie Bye has an extensive portfolio of research into paediatric epilepsy and neurology, with over 70 original research articles together with 70 abstracts published in international and national peer reviewed journals. Research topics include neonatal seizures, neuropsychological and language profiles in paediatric epilepsy, MRI correlates of childhood epilepsy syndromes, quality of life in paediatric epilepsy, and education of epilepsy to patients and medical staff. This research has been supported by NHMRC, Ramichotti, Brain Foundation and Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation funding bodies. She was awarded her MD for publications in epilepsy in 1996
Current Research Projects:
1) The diagnostic yield of a genomic approach to infantile epileptic encephalopathy
2) Paediatric Epilepsy Network
This is a major project to raise minimal standards of care in management of paediatric epilepsy across NSW. This work commenced in 2010. It has been funded by NSW Health (Statewide Complex Epilepsy, NSW Kids and Families). A GAP analysis was done to determine needs of paediatricians across NSW. In response to a need for easily assessable, evidence based educational resources a website was created- PENNSW. This resource has two sections, one for clinicians and one for families. It has information on epilepsy syndromes, medications, lifestyle implications-employment, pregnancy, contraception, driving. Key documents for safety, seizure management plan, medication plans, seizure recording are available. The website was evaluated.( Journal of Clinical Neuroscience : 21 (2014) 1831-1832) Currently it has approximately 352,000 views, 100, 000 in last 7 months. Sept 2015. Subsequent to this an E-Learning Package for First Unprovoked Seizure has been developed and validated. This is currently being submitted for publication. The current project is development of an APP for education of teenagers with epilepsy. It has a functional component for seizure tracking and medication reminder.
A present major work is one in conjunction with her colleagues across the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Randwick and Westmead campus and the John Hunter Hospital to evaluate and improve epilepsy services for children across the State of NSW. This has resulted in the formation of the Paediatric Epilepsy Network NSW website www.pennsw.com.au
A/Prof Bye's current research interests are a genomic project in a cohort of children with epileptic encephalopathy and an evaluation of the pathological substrates of a group of children and adults who have undergone a temporal lobectomy utilizing the new ILAE classification.