GLUT 1 Deficiency Specialists

Professor Joerg KlepperProfessor Joerg Klepper

Children’s Hospital, Aschaffenburg, Germany

Matthew’s Friends Clinics, UK

Professor Klepper is recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities in the area of Glut 1 Deficiency and speaks at many international conferences.  His main field of work are disorders of brain energy metabolism such as GLUT1 deficiency syndrome or pyruvate dehydrogenase deficiency. Both disorders are associated with intractable epilepsy and respond to the ketogenic diet. Research interests are mechanisms and adverse effects of the diet, as well as establishing international protocols for the use of the diet in epilepsy and metabolic disorders.

1984 – 1992: Medical student in Frankfurt/M and Würzburg

1985 – 1986: Community Service, Dreieich Hospital, Langen

2/93 – 1/97:  Intern, Universitätskinderklinik Würzburg

1997 – 1999: Postdoctoral position (2 years) funded by the German Research Society (DFG) at the Colleen Giblin Research Laboratories, Prof. D.C. De Vivo, Columbia University New York

3/99 – 6/00: Scientific Research Fellow, University Children’s Hospital, Essen

06/00 –12/07: Consultant for Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology, University Children’s Hospital, Essen

Since 01/07: Medical Director of Aschaffenburg Childrens Hospital


Dr. Archana DesurkarDr. Archana Desurkar

Paediatric Neurologist

Sheffield Children’s Hospital

& Matthew’s Friends Glut1D Clinics, UK

Dr Archana Desurkar has been an NHS Consultant Paediatric Neurologist at SCH since Dec 2010. Her specialist area of interest and expertise is children’s epilepsies, especially complex cases, ketogenic diet treatment for medication resistant epilepsies in children and evaluating children for potential epilepsy surgery. She is the lead clinician for the ketogenic diet service provided at the trust and works in the team with a specialist nurse and specialist dietician and a co-lead for children’s epilepsy surgery program.

Dr Desurkar has trained in the UK in a variety of specialist settings across the UK, and her specialist neurology training was initially in the ‘Institute of Neurosciences’ in Edinburgh and subsequently at St George’s Hospital, London, Evelina Children’s Hospital (Guys and St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust) in London and Kings College Hospital, London. She also has gone on to complete a senior fellowship in clinical neurophysiology at Kings College Hospital focussing on expanding her experience in reporting children’s EEGs. She has worked as a consultant in Complex Epilepsy Services in a specialist children’s hospital in London and also in a residential setting ‘Young Epilepsy’, formerly National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy and has been part of the Ketogenic Clinic team for the Matthew’s Friends Ketogenic clinics from 2011.  Dr. Desurker now works alongside Professor Klepper at the MF Glut 1 Clinics and is part of the medical board for Matthew’s Friends Glut 1 UK.