Ruth Williams graduated from the University of Nottingham Medical School in 1985 and has been working in children's healthcare more or less ever since.
After working as a junior children's doctor (paediatrician) in Birmingham, London and Bath, Ruth joined Professor Mark Gardiner’s team at University College London in 1991. She spent the next five years studying the molecular genetics of Batten disease (an inherited disorder of the nervous system that usually starts in childhood), with the aim of identifying the genes responsible for the classic and variant types of late infantile Batten disease.
In 1996, Ruth returned to clinical work as a senior registrar in paediatric neurology at Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she completed her post-graduate training in paediatric neurology.
Ruth now works part-time at Evelina London Children’s Hospital where she is a consultant in children's neurology with particular interests in epilepsy and Batten disease. She also leads the ketogenic diet service for children with epilepsy, used to help difficult-to-control epilepsy.