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Below are the most recent news stories about epilepsy from Epilepsy Research UK and from around the world. You can choose different categories from the side bar on the left (for details of grants made prior to 2012, please visit our research portfolio). You can also catch up with Epilepsy Research UK's fundraising and research news in our supporter newsletters.

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Celebrating #CarersWeek with Sibs charity

Posted 14 Jun 2019 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

This week is Carers Week: an occasion to celebrate the valuable role that carers play in the lives of people with long term health conditions and disabilities. Clare Kassa is Chief Executive of Sibs, a charity supporting the brothers and sisters of people with disabilities. This week Sibs are highlighting the important role sibling carers play. Sibling carers play a vital role read more

ERUK researcher wins award at Association of British Neurologists National Conference

Posted 24 May 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 read more

Epilepsy Research UK joins forces with co-morbidity charities to form Embracing Complexity Coalition

Last night at the House of Commons we were pleased to stand alongside a number of charities who have all agreed to work together to improve outcomes for people with neurodevelopmental conditions. The Embracing Complexity Coalition, lead by the team at Autistica, has released a report summarising the results of a survey of people living with Neurodevelopmental conditions to stimulate read more

ERUK brings world-leading experts together for 12th International Expert Workshop: Epilepsy & Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Posted 22 May 2019 in Uncategorized

On 14th and 15th March 2019, 50 world leading experts in epilepsy and neurodevelopmental disorder research were brought together by ERUK for our 12th International Expert Workshop at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Our International Expert Workshop first began in 1993, and since then has been a recurring biennial event. This workshop was chaired by Professor Sameer Zuberi from the Royal read more

Over £1Million invested in ground-breaking research into epilepsy by ERUK

Posted 21 May 2019 in Uncategorized

On Monday 20th May, to launch National Epilepsy Week, we announced an investment of over £1 million across ten potentially life changing and life saving epilepsy research projects in the UK. This investment brings the total amount the charity invested in scientific and clinical research to over £10 million. Speaking at the event, Professor Matthew Walker, our Chair of Trustees, read more

Epilepsy Surgery Pathway: The Lived Experience of Children with Epilepsy, their Parents and Siblings

Lead investigator: Dr Hanna Kovshoff, University of Southampton Co-investigators: Dr Anna Moore, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Prof Sarah Parsons, University of Southampton, Dr Andrea Whitney, Southampton Children’s Hospital, Dr Charlotte Mead Southampton Children’s Hospital Pilot grant: £30,000, 2 years “We want to develop an understanding of child experiences of the epilepsy surgery pathway that takes into account their siblings, parents, peers, read more

Predicting which brain region to treat using a new method of brain mapping

Scientific Title: Predicting which brain region to treat: Multimodal Ictogenic Network Mapping (MINM) Lead investigator: Dr Diana Cash, King’s College London Co-investigators: Dr Michel Mesquita, KCL, Dr Marc Goodfellow, University of Exeter, Dr Laura Mantoan, KCL Collaborator: Prof Mark Richardson, KCL Pilot grant: £29,903, 12 months “Our vision is to establish a translational platform to develop, test and optimise non-invasive read more

Improving diagnostic procedures for epilepsy through automated recording and analysis of patient’s history

Lead investigator: Professor Markus Reuber, University of Sheffield Co-investigators: Dr Heidi Christensen, University of Sheffield, Dr Traci Walker, University of Sheffield Project grant: £75,203, 3 years  “The successful treatment of epilepsy depends on a correct diagnosis. However, it often takes much too long to make the initial diagnoses and too many turn out to be wrong. Despite technological advances the read more

Using new techniques and artificial intelligence to predict patient outcomes following surgery

Scientific Title: Hippocampal shape analysis: a novel practical predictive biomarker of surgical outcome? Lead investigator: Dr Marian Galovic, University College London Co-investigators: Dr Matthias Koepp, UCL Pilot grant: £29,744, 15 months “Epilepsy is frequently treated with a one-size-fits-all approach. We hope that analysing the hippocampus in detail using shape analysis will reveal why some people are more likely to fail epilepsy read more

Identifying the markers of SUDEP using global patient data

Scientific Title: Identifying SUDEP risk: sleep-wakefulness modulation of central autonomic and respiratory networks Lead investigator: Dr Beate Diehl, Institute of Neurology, University College London Co-investigators: Prof Louis Lemieux UCL, Prof Ronald Harper, UCLA Collaborators: Prof Jean Gotman, Montreal Neurological Institute, Prof Stefano Meletti, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Prof Graeme Jackson, University of Melbourne, Prof Tyvaert Louise, Universite de read more

Accurately identifying epileptic brain regions using portable MEG

Scientific Title: The use of portable magnetoencephalography (MEG) in epilepsy Lead investigator: Dr Umesh Vivekananda, Institute of Neurology, University College London Co-investigators: Prof Matthew Walker UCL, Prof Gareth Barnes UCL Project grant: £83,958, 3 years “This project aims to develop and use a novel, state-of-the-art form of electrical brain recording called portable Magnetoencephalography. This will likely be able to record read more

2019 ERUK Fellowship Award: Exploring a promising new drug target to stop seizures in their tracks

Scientific Title: Neurogliaform interneurons: a promising inhibitory target to stop focal and generalised seizures Lead investigator: Dr Vincent Magloire, Institute of Neurology, University College London Supervisor: Professor Dimitri Kullmann, Institute of Neurology, University College London Fellowship Award: £247,133, 3 years “With this ERUK study, I will attempt to stop seizures by manipulating the activity of one specific inhibitory cell type. read more

State of the art scanning to investigate absence seizures in children and adolescents

Scientific Title: Thalamic GABA in childhood and juvenile absence epilepsy Lead investigator: Professor Vincenzo Crunelli, Cardiff University Co-investigators: Prof Richard Wise, Cardiff University, Dr Khalid Hamandi, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, Dr Daniella Brazzo, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Pilot grant: £30,000, 2 years “We are excited by the possibility of testing our hypothesis with state of the read more

Investigating the underlying mechanisms of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

Scientific Title: Do microglia prevent seizure-induced cardiorespiratory dysfunction? Lead investigator: Professor Nicholas Dale, University of Warwick Co-investigators: Dr Amol Bhandare, University of Warwick Project grant: £172,218, 2 years “Anaesthesia depresses neural activity, therefore being able to image the brainstem cardiorespiratory neuronal network and beneficial effects of microglial activation or inhibition during seizures in freely behaving animals offers therapeutic strategies to read more

Predicting and reducing language deficits from temporal lobe epilepsy surgery

Lead investigator: Dr Sjoerd Vos, Department of Medical Physics and Biomedical Engineering, University College London Co-investigators: Prof John Duncan, UCL, Dr Peter Taylor, Newcastle University, Dr Pamela Thompson, UCL,  Dr Sallie Baxendale, UCL Project grant: £163,573, 3 years “Our project aims to improve treatment options in those people who do not benefit from epilepsy medication. In the right cases, surgery read more

Edinburgh Meet a Researcher Event

On Thursday 4 April, Epilepsy Research UK collaborated with The University of Edinburgh to host an event showcasing some of the ground-breaking ERUK-funded research into epilepsy being carried out in Scotland. The evening was hosted by Professor Mike Cousin and Dr Richard Chin, Co-Directors of the Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre, University of Edinburgh, who curated an impressive line up of speakers read more

Phenomenal amount raised for Epilepsy Research UK

Posted 30 Apr 2019 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

A total of £99,285.48 was raised for ERUK by Club Triumph’s Round Britain Reliability Run, an epic event around Britain taking in John O’Groats to Land’s End. When first contacted in 2017 by Tim Bancroft, Event Organiser of Club Triumph’s Round Britain Reliability Run, we had no idea how exceptional our partnership would turn out to be. We were chosen read more

Meet a Researcher – Thursday 4 April, Edinburgh

Posted 25 Mar 2019 in News from Epilepsy Research UK

Join us on Thursday 4th April from 6-8pm at The University of Edinburgh, EH8 This will be a unique opportunity to hear about ground-breaking research into epilepsy being carried out in Scotland.  A team of Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK) funded researchers will be showcasing their work and opening the floor to you as supporters to ask questions and understand more read more

March is Free Wills Month

Thanks to our membership of the National Free Wills Network you can get a simple will written, or your existing will updated, by a local solicitor at no cost to you. It is a very simple process. Call us on 020 3096 7887, or email us at shona@eruk.org.uk.  Send us your name and address with reply code ‘Free Wills’, and read more

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