Through our work we are driving and enabling further investment in research into epilepsy and capacity building the research environment

In addition to funding research, we play a key role in bringing the epilepsy research community together to disseminate learning, inspire collaborations and develop the next generation of research leaders.

  • Our biennial International Expert Workshops bring together world-leading experts in a specific field of epilepsy research. The workshops provide an opportunity for both scientists and clinicians to present new research, introduce novel concepts, and through enthusiastic debate and discussion, to identify new ways forward in epilepsy research. Click here to learn more
  • Our Emerging Leader Fellowship Awards aim to build the next generation of epilepsy researchers by attracting emerging leaders both scientists and clinicians, and encouraging them to pursue a career in epilepsy research.
  • Collaborating with associated condition partner organisations to co-fund research into the causes, diagnosis, and clinical management of epilepsy and an associated condition
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INTERNATIONAL EXPERT WORKSHOPS

Epilepsy Research UK brings together world-leading experts in a specific field of epilepsy research every two to three years. The workshops provide an opportunity for both scientists and clinicians to present new research, introduce novel concepts, and through enthusiastic debate and discussion, to identify future epilepsy research priorities.

Our next International Expert Workshop will take place in 2021, with the theme to be announced shortly.

Read about some of our recent International Expert Workshops below

EPILEPSY & NEURODEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS

In March 2019 world leading experts working at the frontiers of neuroscience, epilepsy and neurodevelopment research came together to share research, collaborate, and set priorities.

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TUMOUR ASSOCIATED EPILEPSY: BRIDGING THE TRANSLATIONAL GAP

The 2016 ERUK International Expert Workshop involved global experts from research into both epilepsy and brain tumours to discuss the latest evidence.

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SUDEP: TIME FOR PREVENTION, EVIDENCE & CLINICAL TRANSLATION

The main themes of this workshop included people most at risk of SUDEP, the role of genetics, current interventions, and the impact of SUDEP on families and clinicians.

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EMERGING LEADER FELLOWSHIP AWARDS

As part of our strategic priorities, we are committed to developing the next generation of epilepsy researchers, and to capacity build the epilepsy research environment. As part of our grant funding process, each year ERUK allocates funding to the highest scoring applicant for the Emerging Leader Fellowship Award. This award is not only an opportunity for the researcher to investigate the causes, diagnosis, and treatment of epilepsy, but to acquire new skills and knowledge, and ultimately, become a leader in epilepsy research.

Read about some previous ERUK Research Fellowship projects below

SURGICAL TECHNIQUES TO IMPROVE SEIZURE CONTROL AFTER A BRAIN TUMOUR

Mr Ashan Jayasekera

Seizures are common in patients with a particular form of brain tumour. They are extremely debilitating, and have been shown to lower the quality of life of patients, both physically and mentally. They are also very difficult to treat…

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EXPLORING A PROMISING NEW DRUG TARGET TO STOP SEIZURES IN THEIR TRACKS

Dr Vincent Magloire

Epileptic seizures arise from a failure of the inhibitory system to restrain brain excitation and so prevent it from spreading across multiple regions of the brain. An attractive therapeutic approach that has recently been developed…

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A NEW APPROACH TO BLOCKING SEIZURE NETWORKS IN TEMPORAL LOBE EPILEPSY

Dr Alfredo Gonzalez-Sulser

Temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) is the most common form of epilepsy seen in adults, and it is characterised by seizures that originate within a unit of structures known as the hippocampal formation…

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GENELOOP: SEIZURE-SPECIFIC GENE THERAPY TO TREAT EPILEPSY

Dr Gabriele Lignani

Gene therapy, in which the excitability of neurons is reduced via gene modification, holds promise as a treatment for drug-resistant focal epilepsy, and it could feasibly replace epilepsy surgery in the future. However, experimental gene therapies have revealed significant flaws…

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COLLABORATING WITH ASSOCIATED CONDITION PARTNERS

As part of ERUK’s plans for greater collaboration with associated condition partners, we have partnered with autism research charity Autistica to co-fund a joint fellowship award, with the aim of addressing the causes, prevention and clinical management of epilepsy in autistic people.

Read about our joint funding initiatives in our Autumn 2019 Newsletter here

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Promoting, encouraging and funding research into the causes, diagnosis and clinical management of people with epilepsy and associated conditions

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Developing the next generation of epilepsy researchers and capacity building the epilepsy research environment

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Accelerating innovations for people with epilepsy by supporting research that will influence clinical practice and health policy

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