ERUK researcher wins award at Association of British Neurologists National Conference

Posted May 24 2019 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Epilepsy Research UK is delighted to announce that one of our funded researchers, Dr Gashirai Mbizvo, has been awarded the 2019 Charles Symonds Prize for Best Platform Presentation by a Junior Neurologist at the Association of British Neurologists Annual Meeting in Edinburgh.

Dr Mbizvo has been working with Dr Susan Duncan on an ERUK project grant to investigate the causes of death of people with epilepsy in Scotland over a five year period. This retrospective study, based at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh and Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, has identified risk factors for epilepsy-related deaths. Highlighting these risk factors, and identifying those that could be modified or even prevented, may lead to changes in epilepsy care and hopefully, fewer epilepsy-related deaths in the future.

The Association of British Neurologists is the membership body for neurologists in the UK, and aims to promote excellent standards of care and champion high-quality education and world-class research in neurology. Their annual meeting is an opportunity for leading neurologists in the UK to present their ground-breaking research to their peers. The ABN membership is not just limited to epileptologists, but includes clinicians from all neurology subspecialties such as movement disorders, stroke, motorneurone disease, and brain injury.

Remarkably, this is not the first national award Dr Mbizvo has won for this project – he has previously won awards at the 2018 International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) British Conference, and at the 2017 Scottish Association of Neurological Sciences Conference. In March this year Dr Mbizvo and Dr Duncan also visited Scottish Parliament to speak about their important work.

Huge congratulations Dr Mbizvo, Dr Duncan, and the rest of the research team, from all of us at Epilepsy Research UK!

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