Epilepsy Research UK Announces Record Grant Funding for 2018!

On Thursday 17th May, as part of National Epilepsy Week, we announced to the public the grants we are funding in 2018. The announcement was made at a reception at The Royal Society, London, and attended by many of our supporters and researchers. Each of the newly-awarded researchers made a short speech about their work and what Epilepsy Research UK funding means for them. You can see some photos from the reception below!

Back row left to right: Dr Kirill Volynski, Professor Deb Pal, Professor Peter Oliver, Dr Jessica Kwok, Dr Vasiliki Tsirka

Front row left to right: Professor Maria Thom, Professor Mark Cunningham (representing Mr Ashan Jayasekera), Dr Tonny Veenith, Dr Simon Keller, Dr David Carmichael

This year has been an incredibly successful year for Epilepsy Research UK, as we have invested over £1 million into a record 12 research studies. Each study went through a rigorous selection process to ensure the highest quality research. You can read more about how we select the best research to fund here.

Professor Matthew Walker, the Chair of our Board of Trustees, said: “Research not only improves the lives of people right now, but will also improve the lives of the many people who will develop epilepsy in the future.  Research is essential if we are going to find a cure, new treatments, or greater understanding of the condition.  At Epilepsy Research UK we provide the funding for the research that will help change lives.”

Professor Matthew Walker introducing the newly-awarded researchers. 

Epilepsy Research UK is entirely dependent on voluntary donations to fund ground breaking research, and so we would like to thank our supporters for helping us to work towards our goal, to transform lives through research.

The research projects we are funding in 2018 are listed below, click the links for more information:

1) Fellowship award: Surgical techniques to improve seizure control after a brain tumour, Mr Ashan Jayasekera, Newcastle University, £173,924

2) Project award: A new subcellular therapeutic target for seizure prevention, Dr Vincenzo Marra, University of Leicester, £56,852

3) Project award: Predicting seizure occurrence using wearable device technology, Prof Mark Richardson, King’s College London, £148,372

4) Project award: Management of patients with status epilepticus in intensive care, Dr Vasiliki Tsirka, Royal Hospital London, Barts’ Health, £149,290

5) Project award: Imaging networks in the brain to predict medication seizure control, Dr Simon Keller, University of Liverpool, £73,220

6) Project award: Can the relationship between epilepsy and migraine help identify therapeutic targets? Dr Kirill Volynski, University College London, £149,931

7) Project award: Exploring a new therapeutic target in absence epilepsy, Dr Jessica Kwok, University of Leeds, £149,633

8) Project award: The Epilepsy Research UK Corsellis Epilepsy Brain Collection: Fit for 21st Century Research, Prof Maria Thom, University College London, £47,000

9) Pilot award: Do more experienced hospitals have improved outcomes in Status Epilepticus?  Dr Tonny Veenith, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, £5,000

10) Pilot award: Electrical stimulation as a potential treatment for Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy, Dr David Carmichael, King’s College London, £29,960

11) Pilot award: A new role for epilepsy gene, Prof Peter Oliver, University of Oxford, £20,000

12) Pilot award: Nicotine patch treatment for Sleep-related Hypermotor Epilepsy, Prof Deb Pal, King’s College London, £30,000

Scientific Advisory Committee Chair Professor Bruno Frenguelli

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