Dean Jones

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Dean Jones

Senior Lecturer in Neurology

Royal Hobart Hospital, Level 3, B Block , Hobart CBD Campuses

(03) 6166 8323 (phone)

(03) 6222 8691 (fax)


Dr Dean Jones is a full time clinical neurologist at the Royal Hobart Hospital, with a special interest in epilepsy, as well as a senior lecturer in neurology with UTAS School of Medicine.  He provides and co-ordinate neurology teaching over years 3-5 of the MB BS degree, including video-based distance teaching to the Launceston and Rural Clinical Schools.  He is also engaged in collaborative research with colleagues at the University of Melbourne in the genetics and epidemiology of infantile epileptic encephalopathies.


Dr Jones’ background includes both science and medical degrees from UTAS, plus honours and research work at Monash, Flinders and Queensland Universities, and specialty training in Melbourne and Oxford, UK.  He has experience in basic research in motor control, evoked potentials, and MRI in multiple sclerosis.

Career summary


  • MBBS (Hons), University of Tasmania, Australia, 1997
  • BSc (Hons), Programming of movement sequences in Parkinson's disease, Monash University, Australia, 1990
  • BSc, University of Tasmania, Australia, 1990


Professional practice

  • Fellow of Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
  • Member of Australian and New Zealand Association of Neurologists (ANZAN)
    • member of ANZAN Regional Affairs committee 2012-current
  • Member of Epilepsy Society of Australia (ESA)
    • member of executive committee 2012-current
    • member of ESA driving committee 2011-current
  • Member of Australasian Neuromuscular Network (ANN)

Administrative expertise

Dean is responsible for the administration of large collaborative research grant from Epilepsy Tasmania to Universities of Melbourne and Tasmania.


Neurology, Clinical Neuroscience, Epilepsy, Movement Disorders, Neuromuscular Disorders, Headache, Cognitive Disorders, Spinal Cord Disorders, Brain Stem Disorders, Cranial Nerve Disorders, Stroke

Teaching expertise

Dean has taught neurology across multiple universities and hospitals including the University of Tasmania, Melbourne University and Oxford University. Completed ELT501 UTAS course Foundations of University Teaching and Learning in 2014.

Teaching responsibility

Research Appointments

Member of Executive Committee of Epilepsy Society of Australia, 2012-current.

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Current research in the genetics and epidemiology of infantile epileptic encephalopathies. Past research in motor control (especially in Parkinson’s disease) and MRI in multiple sclerosis.

Research Themes

Dr Jones’ current research relates to UTAS themes of Better Health; an increase in understanding of the genetics of complex epilepsies will improve our understanding of these conditions, and lead to better care and acceptance of people with epilepsy as a whole.


Dean is involved in collaborative research with Professors Sam Berkovic and Ingrid Scheffer at the Epilepsy Research Centre, University of Melbourne. This group is internationally recognised as leaders in the genetics of epilepsy, with multiple collaborative links throughout Australia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.


Dean was awarded the prize for best advanced trainee platform presentation at Tasmanian Branch of Royal Australasian College of Physicians Annual Scientific Meeting, Hobart, 2004.

Current projects

“The Victorian and Tasmanian Infantile Epileptic Encephalopathy Project”: A study of the incidence and genetics of infantile epileptic encephalopathies

  • co-investigator with Professor Samuel Berkovic, Professor Ingrid Scheffer, Dr Katherine Howell (all of Epilepsy Research Centre, Austin Health and University of Melbourne), Dr Jeremy Freeman (Department of Neurology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne) and Dr Tyson Ware (Department of Paediatrics and Neurology, Royal Hobart Hospital)

Fields of Research

  • Neurology and neuromuscular diseases (320905)
  • Neurogenetics (310511)
  • Epidemiology (420299)

Research Objectives

  • Clinical health (200199)
  • Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions (200101)


Dean has published a number of papers on movement preparation and control in Parkinson's disease and on genetics in epileptic encephalopathies. He has also produced a number of case reports on cerebral venous thrombosis, superficial siderosis, cytomegalovirus papillitis, and mitochondrial disorder.

Total publications


Journal Article

(11 outputs)
2021Christensen M, Wallis M, Jessup P, Lemelle I, Jones DL, 'Cryopyrin-associated periodic syndrome: a treatable genetic inflammatory condition', Practical Neurology ISSN 1474-7758 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1136/practneurol-2021-002992 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Wallis M


2020Halliday AJ, Jones DL, 'Tattoo Reaction-a Diagnostic Clue in Neurosarcoidosis', JAMA Neurology, 77, (9) pp. 1167-1168. ISSN 2168-6149 (2020) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2020.2017 [eCite] [Details]


2019Jones DL, Sebire D, Davies L, 'A rare cause of first seizure', Journal of Clinical Neuroscience, 61 pp. 245-246. ISSN 0967-5868 (2019) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jocn.2018.11.014 [eCite] [Details]


2017Hamdan FF, Myers CT, Cossette P, Lemay P, Spiegelman D, et al., 'High Rate of Recurrent De Novo Mutations in Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies', American journal of human genetics, 101, (5) pp. 664-685. ISSN 0002-9297 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.ajhg.2017.09.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 246Web of Science - 242

Co-authors: Ware T


2017McAulay-Powell C, Tsai WC, Murton A, Jones D, Froelich J, 'Bildgebende Differenzierung Duraler Sinusvenenzysten und Thrombosen - Charakteristische Bildmerkmale', Roefo. Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiet Der Roentgenstrahlen Und Der Bildgebenden Verfahren, 189, (9) pp. 877-879. ISSN 1438-9029 (2017) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1055/s-0043-114667 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Froelich J


2016Conduit C, Harle R, Jones DL, 'Non-ketotic hyperglycaemia causing occipital seizures and persistent microhaemorrhages: mechanisms of focal deficits in hyperglycaemia', Internal Medicine Journal pp. 634-635. ISSN 1444-0903 (2016) [Professional, Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/imj.13028 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 1


2012Whyte AF, Jones DL, Dreyer MD, 'Vitamin B12 deficiency causing hyperhomocysteinaemia and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis', Internal Medicine Journal, 42, (5) pp. 601-3. ISSN 1444-0903 (2012) [Letter or Note in Journal]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.2012.02777.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6


2008De Silva SR, Chohan G, Jones DL, Hu M, 'Cytomegalovirus papillitis in an immunocompetent patient', Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 28, (2) pp. 126-127. ISSN 1070-8022 (2008) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

DOI: 10.1097/WNO.0b013e3181782fed [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7


2004Jones DL, Greenaway TM, 'Beware the thin, deaf type 2' diabetic: maternally inherited diabetes and deafness with systemic (mitochondrial) manifestations', Internal Medicine Journal, 34 pp. 517-518. ISSN 1444-0903 (2004) [Professional, Refereed Article]

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1993Jones DL, Phillips JG, Bradshaw JL, Iansek R, Bradshaw JA, 'Coding of movement direction and amplitude in Parkinson's disease: are they differentially impaired (or unimportant)?', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 56, (4) pp. 419-422. ISSN 0022-3050 (1993) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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1992Jones DL, Phillips JG, Bradshaw JL, Iansek R, Bradshaw JA, 'Impairment in bilateral alternating movements in Parkinson's disease?', Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, 55, (6) pp. 503-6. ISSN 0022-3050 (1992) [Contribution to Refereed Journal]

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Conference Publication

(2 outputs)
2005Jones DL, Pittas F, McInerney G, Rush M, Taylor BV, 'OPL110 Clinical-MRI correlates in multiple sclerosis: Correlation of EDSS, MSFC, fatigue and depression measures with FLAIR, T1 volume and diffusion measures of normal-appearing white matter', Journal of the Neurological Sciences, pp. S74, 238 (Suppl. 1). (2005) [Conference Extract]

DOI: 10.1016/S0022-510X(05)80286-2 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Pittas F; Taylor BV


2005Jones DL, Pittas F, Taylor BV, McInerney G, Rush M, 'Clinical-MRI correlates in multiple sclerosis (MS): Correlation of EDSS, MSFC, fatigue and depression measures with FLAIR, T1 volume and diffusion measures of normal-appearing white matter', Internal Medicine Journal, 8-11 May, 2005, Wellington, New Zealand, pp. A64. ISSN 1444-0903 (2005) [Conference Extract]

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Co-authors: Pittas F

Grants & Funding

Dean currently holds a major grant ($267 500) from Epilepsy Tasmania for his current project.

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



The genetic basis of epilepsy: Infantile epileptic encephalopathies in Tasmania (2014 - 2015)$267,500
Aims: *To determine the frequency of specific genetic infantile epileptic encephalopathies (IEEs), phenotype specific genetic IEEs and describe their electro-clinical patterns.*To discover new genes responsible for IEEs of unknown aetiology and understand the genetic architecture of IEE.
Epilepsy Tasmania ($267,500)
Administered By
University of Melbourne
Research Team
Berkovic S; Harvey S; Hildebrand M; Jones DL; Scheffer I
2014 - 2015

Supervision of research assistant 2014-2017.