Meet the AEP team: Ojasvi Argawal (OJ)

November 22, 2023
AEP Team member

Meet OJ, a member of the Australian Epilepsy Project’s Clinical Trials team. She is passionate about creating change in healthcare and inspired to work alongside individuals with a shared vision of changing the lives of people living with epilepsy.

What is your role at the AEP?

Outcomes and Follow-up Officer

Why the AEP?

My mum has an epilepsy diagnosis, so I intend to pay it forward by contributing to epilepsy research and I believe in the AEP’s vision; creating an impact and making a difference in people’s lives by providing individuals who have experienced a first seizure or diagnosis of epilepsy, with advanced testing. Testing they would normally not have access to through standard care pathways.

What do you hope to achieve?

I hope to play a small part in achieving the vision of the AEP in changing lives for the better.

Proudest moment or achievement?

My personal growth over the last two years.

All-time favourite meal?

Ice cream. Yes, it can be a meal.

Current streaming recommendation?

I’m not much of a TV show person.

Current book you are reading?

Atomic Habits by James Clear

What advice would you give your 12-year-old self?

Dream big!

Who would you most like to meet, or have met?

John C. Maxwell (

No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, coach and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in 50 languages. Often referred to as America's No. 1 leadership authority.

I admire him for his leadership qualities and coaching.

Finish this sentence… I believe the most important thing in life is…

Being true to yourself and your values.

AEP Research Assistant publishes first paper as lead-author

AEP Research Assistant, Remy Pugh, recently had her first paper as lead-author published in Epilepsia Open. The study explores the cognitive and psychological functioning in adults after their first seizure, but prior to an epilepsy diagnosis or treatment plan. A great achievement, congratulations to all involved.

First AEP Health Economics paper published

The Australian Epilepsy Project’s first health economics paper based on our pilot study data has been recently published. Congratulations to all involved, including Dr Clara Marquina, Emma Foster and the AEP’s Health Economics Lead, Prof. Zanfina Ademi of Monash Uni Pharmaceutical Sciences.

AEP Participant: Chloe Falzon

Chloe was only recently diagnosed with epilepsy after experiencing seizures over an 18 month period. Her initial seizures occurred during sleep and saw Chloe hospitalised a number of times. The results of her scans were inconclusive but additional seizures over the ensuing 12 months lead to her epilepsy diagnosis.