Irshaad Ebrahim obtained his medical degree from the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, South Africa in 1991. After completing a sleep research fellowship in Canada, he trained in Psychiatry at University College, London and Guy’s King’s and St. Thomas’ Hospitals.
He has postgraduate qualifications in Family Therapy, Neuropharmacology and the Neuropsychiatry of Sleep and Memory disorders. He was appointed substantive Consultant Neuropsychiatrist in Sleep Disorders in 2002 at St. Thomas’ Hospital, London.
In 2002, he founded The London Sleep Centre and in 2005, The Edinburgh Sleep Centre. His Clinical interests include the treatment of patients with Insomnia, Parasomnias (Behaviours in Sleep), Narcolepsy and Memory disorders.
Internationally, Dr Ebrahim is active in developing Sleep Medicine Services and Organizations and in 2011, co-founded The South African Society of Sleep Medicine. He has an international clinical practice in South Africa at The Constantia Sleep Centre and The Pretoria Sleep Centre and more recently in Dubai (United Arab Emirates).
He is actively involved clinical research for new treatments for Insomnia, Depression and Anxiety Disorders. His academic research interests include studying the role of the brain peptide Hypocretin (Orexin) in Narcolepsy, Excessive Sleepiness, Memory and Neurological Disorders. He has conducted several studies on the impact of Sleepiness on Driving and Road Fatalities.
He has published in a variety of peer-reviewed publications and books. He is a member of The British Sleep Society, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, The British Neuropsychiatry Association, the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the Royal Society of Medicine section on Sleep Medicine.