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Chris Butler studied medicine at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge (1991-1994) and then at the University of Edinburgh (1994-1997). He conducted his PhD on the syndrome of transient epileptic amnesia under the supervision of Professor Adam Zeman. He worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Memory and Aging Center, University of California at San Francisco and moved to Oxford in 2009. He was awarded a Clinician Scientist fellowship from the Medical Research Council in 2013.

Training and qualifications

  • PhD (Edin) 2009
  • MSc (Edin) in Philosophy of Mind 2009
  • MRCP (UK) 2001
  • MB ChB (Edin) 1997
  • MA (Cantab) 1995

Christopher Butler


Associate Professor


Memory loss is a disabling consequence of many common neurological disorders including dementia, stroke, epilepsy and head injury. A central goal of cognitive neuroscience is therefore to understand the relationships between memory and brain function, both in health and disease.

My research focusses on understanding the memory deficits experienced by patients with damage to the medial temporal lobes of the brain due to:

  • limbic encephalitis
  • epilepsy
  • Alzheimer's disease
I use behavioural measures, brain imaging (MRI and MEG) and intracranial EEG recording to investigate memory and its impairment in neurological disease.

Sources of funding

  • John Fell Fund (2017-2018)
  • MRC (2015-2020)
  • ARUK (2017-2018)
  • MRC (2013-2018)
  • NIHR (2009-2013)
  • Wellcome Trust (2010-2013)
  • Epilepsy Research UK (2010-2013)

Recent publications

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