Sebastian F. Winter, M.D. Ph.D.

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I am a globally trained physician-scientist , social entrepreneur, and policy lead working at the intersection of medicine, brain health, and public policy. Passionate about leveraging neuroscience insights to address 21st century challenges, my vision is to improve policymaking, promote brain health for all, and generate a lasting social impact. 

In my present role as Head of Policy and Research at the International Bureau for Epilepsy (IBE), I work with an interdisciplinary team to make epilepsy a global public health priority and improve the lives of over 50 million people living with epilepsy worldwide.

My professional journey has taken me across several sectors, with previous roles in clinical medicine, academia, and public health, co-founding a social venture and conducting projects with the United Nations (WHO and UNESCO).

My work spans the areas of brain health, public policy, neuro-oncology, NCD prevention, conflict prevention, and bioethics, including publications in Neuro-Oncology, Neurology, the European Journal of Cancer, The Brookings Institution Press, Conflict Resolution Quarterly, and the International Journal of Health Policy and Management, and speaking engagements at various international conferences and platforms.

An alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation and affiliate researcher at the MGH Cancer Center at Harvard Medical School, I hold a Ph.D. (summa cum laude; '22) and M.D. (Distinction; '20) from Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and a B.Sc. (1st Class Honours; '13) in Neuroscience from King’s College London, UK.

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