About us

Epilepsy Research UK supports and promotes basic and clinical scientific research into the causes, treatments and prevention of epilepsy.  We are the only national charity in the UK that is exclusively dedicated to funding independent research into this condition.  Epilepsy Research UK was formed following the merger of the Epilepsy Research Foundation and the Fund for Epilepsy, in April 2007.

Epilepsy Research UK supports the work of scientists and clinicians throughout the UK, who are investigating all aspects of epilepsy in both adults and children. They are especially looking at what causes epilepsy, who is at risk of developing it, what goes on in the brain during a seizure, and safer drugs and better surgical techniques to treat it.

Our annual research spending is about £800,000 – raised almost wholly through donations from the public – and we fund 4-9 new research projects each year.

Our funds support individual students and scientists based in university departments, medical schools and hospitals across the country. They also allow academic institutions to invest in much needed equipment.

In addition, Epilepsy Research UK arranges technical workshops and scientific meetings to encourage collaboration between researchers. We also work closely with other epilepsy charities to ensure that epilepsy is recognised in Government health and social care policy.

Developments in drug therapy and medical scanning, along with major breakthroughs in the study of the human genome, mean that great progress has been made in understanding the causes of epilepsy in recent years. These are exciting times in epilepsy research and Epilepsy Research UK is proud to be supporting some of the key researchers in the UK, who are pushing forward our knowledge of epilepsy. Even greater advances will be made in the coming years and the research that we fund will be at the forefront of developments to control, and perhaps even cure, epilepsy.

For more information, have a look at our publications, contact us, or look at who’s who at Epilepsy Research UK.

Epilepsy Research UK is a company registered in England and Wales with company number 4873718.

Registered Office: Lamb House, Church Street, London, W4 2PD, UK.

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