News from Epilepsy Research UK

What’s new and exciting in epilepsy research?

We asked Dr Robert Wykes, a translational medicine scientist for his personal perspective.  Here is his response: Despite decades of new anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) reaching market, the problem of drug refractory epilepsy remains. 25-30% of patients do not respond appropriately to AEDs. However in recent years advances in technology and non-pharmacological approaches are beginning to address this clinical need. We read more

A closer look at ……..SYNAPTIC VESICLES

In order to conduct the millions of tasks the human brain completes every day, nerve cells must communicate with each other. Neighbouring cells are connected by junctions, which are called synapses. Chemical messengers, called neurotransmitters, must travel from one cell to another across a synapse in order to deliver a message. Before travelling across synapses, these chemical messengers are stored read more

The role of autoantibodies in epilepsy: Final Report

This is the final report for a project grant awarded in 2012 for £149,916 to Professor Bethan Lang, Professor Sarosh Irani, Dr Jane Adcock, Dr Holger Kramer, and Professor Arjune Sen at the University of Oxford.  The immune system normally protects a person from infections by making specialised agents called antibodies which normally recognise “foreign targets” and destroy them. Doctors utilise read more

What does the future of Epilepsy Research hold?

Dr Simon Keller at the University of Liverpool was awarded a £73,220 project grant in this year’s funding round.  We asked Dr Keller and his colleague Professor Tony Marson for their perspective on what the next ten years of epilepsy research hold. This is what they said: “It is difficult to know for sure how treatments for seizures will improve read more

Epilepsy Research UK on Tour – Birmingham

Posted 26 Oct 2018 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

On Wednesday 26 September, Epilepsy Research UK travelled to Birmingham to host an evening together with some of our regional researchers and supporters. The annual ILAE (International League Against Epilepsy) conference was taking place, so it was a great opportunity for us to see our researchers! ERUK Research Manager Caoimhe Bennett put together a programme of speakers for us to read more

Important new finding in the mechanisms underlying SUDEP

An Epilepsy Research UK-funded study has made an important finding in the mechanisms underlying sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), which may lead to treatment options in the future. Professor John Jeffreys at the University of Oxford has been working alongside researchers at Purdue University and the University of Bristol on the project, funded by ERUK in 2014. The research read more

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

Epilepsy Research UK on tour – Exeter

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

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