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Climbing Kilimanjaro for research

Posted 1 Oct 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Chris Scoffield has just returned from scaling Mount Kilimanjaro with his brother-in-law Nathan Conduit. Kilimanjaro is one of the toughest treks in the world and the tallest free standing mountain on the planet standing at 5895m. Chris tells us about his exciting adventure below. “I have just returned from trekking up mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds for Epilepsy Research UK and read more

ERUK on tour

Posted 20 Sep 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

On Wednesday 12 September, Epilepsy Research UK visited The Living Systems Institute at The University of Exeter to host an evening together with some of our regional researchers and supporters. Professors John Terry & Adam Zeman put together a fantastic programme for us and we were keen to hear all about the research that has taken place, some of which read more

Introducing you to our new Chief Executive: Maxine Smeaton

Epilepsy Research UK is delighted to announce that Maxine Smeaton has been appointed as our new Chief Executive Officer. Maxine has joined us from the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, where she was Interim CEO. She has a wealth of experience in the charity sector leading the renowned medical research charity Blond McIndoe and working in strategic development roles for both the read more

The ERUK view of the current debate around cannabis-based products as a treatment for epilepsy

Posted 5 Sep 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

The ERUK view of the current debate around cannabis-based products as a treatment for epilepsy can be found below. To summarise the statement, whilst there is evidence that medical-grade preparations of an active ingredient of cannabis, cannabidiol, can be beneficial in some types of epilepsy, cannabis oil itself cannot be considered a safe or effective treatment. This is due to read more

Building on Success: Announcing our 2018-19 Grant Round

Posted 19 Jul 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK is thrilled to announce that we will be accepting applications for our 2018/19 grant round from Monday 23rd July 2018. We are inviting high quality applications to support research into the causes, treatment, prevention, co-morbidities, and psychological aspects of epilepsy. The past year has been a huge success for Epilepsy Research UK as in 2018, we awarded over £1 read more

ERUK helps to launch Evidence Week at Parliament

Posted 16 Jul 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

On 25th June, Epilepsy Research UK was invited to speak at the launch of Evidence Week in the Churchill Room at the House of Commons. Evidence Week, run by the organisation Sense About Science, aimed to convince politicians to make good use of evidence and expertise to help shape regulations and policies. The launch was attended by MPs, peers, and read more

Meet a Researcher – Exeter & Birmingham

Posted 10 Jul 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

We are delighted to be hosting our next regional ‘Meet a Researcher’ events in September 2018. Save the date and join us in: Exeter, 12 September,  6.30-8.30pm Taking place at the Living Systems Institute at the University of Exeter, we’ll have four 10 minute talks and hear from funded ERUK researchers, along with information from a support group. Refreshments at read more

Everest Base Camp trek for epilepsy research

Posted 21 Jun 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

In September, committed ERUK supporter Nathan Liptrot will embark on a 17-day trek to Everest Base Camp and is raising funds for Epilepsy Research UK. Here, Nathan tells is about his reasons for choosing Epilepsy Research UK and the details of his forthcoming challenge; “The idea of the challenge started almost 2 years ago when I saw an advert on read more

ERUK collaborating with medical research charities to ensure research results are shared

Posted 1 May 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

AMRC Open Research is a new platform for rapid author-led publication and open peer review of research funded by AMRC member charities.  Epilepsy Research UK is one of 23 members of the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) working in collaboration to develop and launch a joint publication platform, AMRC Open Research.  By removing traditional barriers and delays to publication, read more

Well done to Team ERUK at The London Marathon!

Posted 25 Apr 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Huge congratulations to our amazing London Marathon runners who took part in the hottest London Marathon on record Sunday – what a fantastic day! In total we had 9 runners take part, and the months of training certainly paid off as everyone reached the finish line.  We couldn’t be more proud and are truly grateful for all the hard work read more

Newcastle Meet a Researcher Event

Posted 25 Apr 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

On Thursday 15th March Epilepsy Research UK went on tour to Newcastle to visit some of our regional researchers and supporters. Since 2009, Epilepsy Research UK has funded 4 research projects at Newcastle University, and so we were delighted at the opportunity to visit the Institute of Neuroscience to hear about some of their recent work. Speaking at the event read more

Those with epilepsy at greater risk of dying from ‘unnatural causes’

Research findings have just been published which indicate that whilst the incidence is low, those with epilepsy are more likely than the population at large to die from ‘unnatural causes’. As Dr Hayley Gorton from Manchester University says “We already know that people with epilepsy are at increased risk of dying prematurely, but such a detailed examination of specific types read more

Epilepsy Research UK Celebrates Purple Day at the Houses of Parliament!

Posted 9 Apr 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

As many of you will know, since 2008 the 26th March has been known as Purple Day, a day for people around the world to wear purple to increase awareness of epilepsy. This year our research manager Caoimhe Bennett represented Epilepsy Research UK at the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Epilepsy, organised by Epilepsy Action, at Portcullis House. Other charities read more

The BBC Radio 4 Appeal Thursday 29th March: Nick Christian tells us how research helped his daughter

Posted 21 Mar 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

The BBC Radio 4 Appeal was first broadcast on Sunday 25th March, and aired again on Thursday, 29th March.  Do please listen again to this heartfelt plea for more funds for research into epilepsy. Nick and his family experienced first hand, with his daughter Rachel, how advances in the field of neurology had enabled doctors to better locate and treat read more

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