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“My son Nathan was diagnosed with epilepsy at three months old. He is now 10 and continues to have regular seizures. I decided I needed to do something positive so I decided to start fundraising for Epilepsy Research UK, who do some amazing research in the field of epilepsy. Without research, the many varied forms of this debilitating condition will continue to badly affect people’s lives.“
Catherine, mother and ERUK supporter
EXAMPLE RESEARCH SUCCESSES
The ERUK annual grant funding has led to real benefits for those living with epilepsy. Here is just a snapshot:
A grant made by ERUK ten years ago was the beginning of a project which has now resulted in potential gene therapies for drug-resistant epilepsy.
REDUCING MORTALITY RATE
A research team working on a project on epilepsy-related deaths in Scotland spoke at the Scottish parliament on reducing the mortality rate of people with epilepsy.
Our research has highlighted potential dangers to children born to women taking AEDs, resulting in the government issuing new prescription guidelines.
Clinical trials of existing drugs for the treatment of memory dysfunction in people with temporal lobe epilepsy are underway thanks to support from ERUK for the underpinning research.
Immunotherapy has been discovered – thanks to ERUK research – to be an effective treatment for faciobrachial dystonic seizures, a seizure disorder affecting the arms and face.
As a direct result of ERUK-funded research, methods used for focal epilepsy surgery have improved and are being used in specialist neurology clinics, and may lead to altered practice worldwide.