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Dr Chris Derry

Dr Derry is a Consultant Neurologist working at the departments of Clinical Neurosciences and Sleep Medicine. He is also an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and NHS Research Fellow at the University.

Dr Chris Derry

Consultant Neurologist

  • Sleep Research Unit

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Department of Sleep Medicine
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Post Code
EH16 4SA


Dr Derry is a Consultant Neurologist based in the Department of Clinical Neurosciences and the Department of Sleep Medicine at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary. He is also Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer and NHS Research Fellow at the University.

Dr Derry graduated in medicine from the University of London and undertook clinical training in neurology in London, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. He completed subspecialist training in all aspects of sleep medicine and epilepsy during a five year clinical research fellowship at Austin Hospital and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

During this fellowship he completed his PhD entitled “Frontal Lobe Epilepsy, Sleep and Parasomnias” under the supervision of Professor Sam Berkovic and Professor John Duncan. In this research he studied the clinical, genetic and neurophysiological features of sleep disorders and epilepsy.

Dr Derry was appointed Consultant Neurologist at Edinburgh in 2011 and in addition to his role within the Department of Sleep Medicine, he is one of two epilepsy specialists operating in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland Epilepsy Service. He is actively involved in the general and acute neurology service in NHS Lothian.

Research interests

Dr Derry has clinical and research interests in behavioural disorders of sleep, particularly in sleep-related epilepsies, and in the interactions between sleep disorders and epileptic seizures.

He has authored a number of scientific publications in this area, given various invited lectures at national and international meetings, and has ongoing research studies in progress.

Selected bibliography

Sleep Medicine and Epilepsy

Derry CP, Duncan S (2013) Sleep and Epilepsy. Epilepsy and Behavior: in press.

Derry CP, Welch K (2013). Alcohol, mild traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry. in press.

Derry CP, Scheffer IE (2012) Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy. In: Medical and Surgical Treatment of Pediatric Epilepsy. Ed. Cross, Duchowny, Glauser, Hirsch, and Arzimanoglou. McGraw-Hill, New York.

Derry CP, Scheffer IE (2012) Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy. In: MedLink Neurology (accessed at www.medlink.com); Gilman S, (editor-in-chief). San Diego: MedLink Corporation.

Derry CP (2012) Parasomnias versus Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy. Current Treatment Options in Neurology: 14(5):451-63.

Derry CP (2012) Differentiating Seizures from Other Paroxysmal Nocturnal Events in Young and Older Adults. Sleep Medicine Clinics: 7(1): 113-123

Derry CP (2011) The sleep manifestations of frontal lobe epilepsy. Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports: 11(2):218-26

Derry CP, Harvey AS, Walker M et al (2009) NREM arousal parasomnias and their distinction from nocturnal frontal lobe epilepsy: a video EEG analysis. Sleep 32(12):1637-1644

Derry CP, Heron SE, Phillips F (2008) Severe Autosomal Dominant Nocturnal Frontal Lobe Epilepsy associated with psychiatric disorders and intellectual disability. Epilepsia 49(12): 2125-9

Scheffer IE, Turner SJ...Derry CP et al (2008) Epilepsy and mental retardation limited to females: an under-recognized disorder. Brain 131(pt4): 918-27

Dibbins LM, Tarpey PS...Derry CP et al (2008) X-linked protocadherin 19 mutations cause female-limited epilepsy and cognitive impairment. Nature Genetics 40: 776-781

Derry CP, Duncan JS, Berkovic SF (2007). Parasomnias and Nocturnal Epilepsy. Epilepsia 48 (5): 1034

Derry CP, Berkovic SF (2007). The FLEP Scale for Distinguishing Sleep Disorders from Seizures. Archives of Neurology 64:1206-1207.

Derry CP, Davey, M, Johns, M. et al (2006). Distinguishing sleep disorders and seizures: diagnosing bumps in the night. Archives of Neurology 63(5): 705-9

Derry CP, Benjamin, C., Bladin, P. et al (2006). Increased serotonin receptor availability in human sleep: evidence from an 18F-MPPF PET study in narcolepsy. Neuroimage 30(2): 341-8.

Derry CP, Duncan, J, Berkovic, SF (2006). Paroxysmal motor disorders of sleep: the clinical spectrum and differentiation from epilepsy. Epilepsia 47(11): 1775-91

Derry C, Dale R, Thom M et al (2002).Unihemispheric cerebral vasculitis mimicking Rasmussen’s encephalitis. Neurology 58(2): 327-8

General Neurology

Derry CP (2010) Neurological Disorders. In: Currie G, Douglas G ed. Flesh and Bones of Medicine. Elsevier, London

Derry CP, Allen C, Grant R et al. (2012) Clinicopathological Conference: Encephalopathy in a 45 year old woman. Presented at the Advanced Clinical Neurology Course, Edinburgh 2010. Practical Neurology: 12(2):116-25

Derry CP, Shah K, Caie L, Counsell CE. (2010) Medication management in people with Parkinson’s Disease during surgical admissions. Postgraduate Medical Journal: 86(1016):334-337

Derry CP, Wilkie M, Al-Shahi Salman R, Davenport R (2011). Autoimmune limbic encephalitis. Clinical Medicine: 11 (5): 476-8

Derry C, Venkat-Raman R, Temple I.K. (1999). A probable case of familial Weaver Syndrome associated with neoplasia. Journal of Medical Genetics 36(9): 725-8.