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Epilepsy Research UK featured in a new report emphasising importance of charity funding of medical research

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) has released a short evidence report on the Charity Research Support Fund (CRSF) that sets out how the Fund enables the unique contributions of charities to health and well-being and outlines AMRC’s call on Government to enhance the CRSF in real terms in line with inflation and charity investment. The report also brings read more

Could you be our next Research Manager?

Posted 2 Nov 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, affecting one in every 103 people in the UK. It can strike anyone at any age and in 65% of cases the cause of the epilepsy is unknown. There are many drugs available for the treatment of epilepsy, but these fail to control seizures in as many as 40% of patients. read more

Basic science: fundamental to clinical progress

Posted 27 Oct 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Basic science is fundamental to the study of medicine (and, unfortunately, there is nothing basic about it). Much of the research that Epilepsy Research UK supports involves basic science. It may seem a long way from clinical practice, but it is fundamental to the development of new epilepsy therapies. ‘Basic science’ refers to the highly skilled, usually laboratory-based, research that read more

Birmingham collaboration is improving childhood epilepsy care

Posted 11 Sep 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

This news release describes a promising research collaboration between Aston University and Birmingham Children’s Hospital, which is making great strides for childhood epilepsy. Epilepsy Research UK Fellow, Dr Sukhvir Wright, is a key member of this team, and she has recently been interviewed about their work by Free Radio. The interview will be aired later this week; please check our read more

Autoimmunity: a small but significant and treatable cause of epilepsy

Posted 7 Sep 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

What is autoimmune epilepsy? The immune system is designed to protect the body from attack from outside agents such as bacteria and viruses. However, sometimes things go wrong and autoimmune disease results. In autoimmune disease, “over-excited” specialised immune cells and proteins (including antibodies), whose usual role is to defend the body against infection, instead attack the body itself. It is read more

Autoimmune epilepsy: Current research in Oxford

Posted 7 Sep 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Click here to read about autoimmune epilepsy. A number of antibodies against different cell proteins have been detected in people with epilepsy but that does not automatically mean that these antibodies cause epilepsy. There are important questions to ask: Can the antibodies cause seizures themselves or are there other factors involved? Is the appearance of antibodies in the patient’s blood read more

Thank you Simon Osborn

Posted 16 Aug 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Simon Osborn is a veteran Epilepsy Research UK fundraiser. Simon started fundraising for the charity due to a friend’s child having epilepsy and then continued after he was diagnosed with epilepsy himself. This year Simon walked the whole length of the Thames. It was a tremendous effort and when I met Simon in Hammersmith towards the end of his walk read more

Untangling the genetics of severe childhood epilepsy

Posted 3 Aug 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

“This (ERUK) grant has given us the opportunity to directly help families. Many of the parents who participated in this study desperately wanted to know why their child had severe epilepsy. It has been great to give answers to so many families. This has made real differences in the management of some of the children. At the same time, we’ve learnt a read more

Can we predict a person’s response to antiepileptic drug treatment?

Posted 28 Jul 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

The ability to predict who will respond to antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment is something that epilepsy researchers are striving for. Not only would it reduce long, unfruitful trials of AEDs, it would generally make epilepsy care much more efficient. Professor Mark Richardson and colleagues, at King’s College London, have used a novel combination of functional MRI (fMRI) and EEG to read more

Tree planted in memory of Chris Wilson

Posted 24 Jul 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

‘The Visitor‘, in Lancashire, has posted a story about Chris Wilson, who sadly died a year ago as a result of an epileptic seizure. We are sharing the article below as it would have been Chris’s birthday today. We would also like to thank Chris’s family and friends for the money they have raised for epilepsy research in his memory. Above: read more

Leading Grimsby law firm raising money for Epilepsy Research UK in memory of Robert Abba.

Staff at a leading law firm are to saddle up and drop 200 ft in memory of a Grimsby student.  Robert Abba, 22, died after suffering an epileptic fit at home in Scartho. His mother Rachel works for Bridge McFarland solicitors and colleagues will take in such landmarks as Lincoln Castle and Grimsby Dock Tower as they run, cycle, skydive read more

2017 Epilepsy Research Awards announced at The Royal Society

On Monday Epilepsy Research UK announced the recipients of its 2017 grants at a reception at The Royal Society in London. (www.royalsociety.org) The event was attended by Epilepsy Research UK supporters and researchers and is an annual event which runs in National Epilepsy Week. As well as celebrating the new grants, the organisation was also recognising the contribution of the read more

Professor Helen Cross is announced as new President of Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK is proud and pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Helen Cross as President of the organisation.  Professor Cross has long been involved in the organisation being Chair of Trustees between 2005 and 2011.  We are delighted that Professor Cross has now agreed to be President of the organisation. About Professor Cross Professor Helen Cross is The read more

A thank you to West Lancashire Golf Club Ladies Captain Jackie Bickerstaffe

Posted 4 May 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Following a very successful Lady Captain’s Charity Evening on 11th March, a cheque for £4,858 was presented to Dr. Graeme Sills, Chairman of Epilepsy Research UK last weekend at the West Lancashire Golf Club. Last year’s Ladies’ Captain Jackie Bickerstaffe introduced Dr. Sills to some of the main helpers at the fundraising event and presented the cheque totalling £4,858. She read more

London Marathon 2017

Yesterday was my first London Marathon cheering on runners for Epilepsy Research UK as CEO of the charity. The whole event was inspirational and the effort that all of the runners made was fantastic. Until you have stood and watched people running at the 24 mile mark, you do not appreciate the effort involved. I was and still am stunned. read more

Brighton Marathon 2017

Posted 24 Apr 2017 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Our runners and supporters provide us with a non-stop feeling of inspiration. The effort to run a marathon is immense and we thank all of our runners and the people who turn up to support them. If you could not be there, here is some video of Brighton 2017.

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