More epilepsy research and funding ‘is needed’

Posted Nov 5 2010 in Statistics; treatment in the UK

More epilepsy research and funding is required to help develop new treatments for the condition, it has been claimed.

According to an editorial in the Boston Globe, researchers are making progress in understanding neurological conditions such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, but less so for epilepsy, despite the fact it affects millions of individuals and their families around the world.

The newspaper noted that greater epilepsy awareness has helped to dispel much of the stigma that once shrouded the condition.

However, it highlighted greater support for new research into understanding how epilepsy impacts the brain as the main challenge in the future.

"The sooner epilepsy moves out of the shadows of myth and into the full sun of government, pharmaceutical, and charitable funding, the better," it said.

In the US, epilepsy research is typically allocated just 20 per cent of the funding that Parkinson's receives on a per-patient basis.

Epilepsy Research UK funds a number of British studies to find out exactly what happens to the brain during a seizure.

Among the work it supports is an investigation by Professor Annette Dolphin at University College London looking at changes in cell structure caused by seizures.

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