Julia Jacobs


Dr Julia Jacobs is the current Director of the Pediatric Epilepsy Program at Alberta Children’s Hospital. She is an Associate Professor affiliated with the Department of Pediatrics and Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Calgary.

She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Freiburg, Germany, where she was the Director of the Department of Pediatric Neurology and Muscular Disease at the University Medical Center Freiburg before coming to Calgary in Fall 2019.

Dr Jacobs’ research aims to improve the diagnostic tools in patients with epilepsy.  One focus is the analysis of High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs) using intracranial as well as scalp EEG. The second focus is the analysis of simultaneous EEG and functional MRI (fMRI) recordings to identify epileptic networks involved in the generation of inter-ictal epileptic spikes. Dr. Jacobs is also interested in applying these diagnostic tools in children at risk of experiencing seizures and she therefore extended her research to neonates analysing EEGs of premature newborns and those with perinatal brain injury. 

Dr. Jacobs’ research has been awarded with several international awards including the “Epilepsia Prize” of the International League against Epilepsy. She serves as an Associate Editor for “Epilepsia” and “Clinical Neurophysiology-Neurophysiologie Clinique” and on the editorial Board of “Clinical Neurophysiology”.



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