As it’s #InternationalEpilepsyDay we thought we’d take a minute to consider the global effects of epilepsy and what Epilepsy Research UK is doing to make a difference.
Did you know?
- There are 50 million people worldwide with a known diagnosis of epilepsy
- Up to 70% of people with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated
- Nearly 80% of people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries and do not get the treatment they need
- The risk of premature death in people with epilepsy is up to three times higher than for the general population
- Last year the World Health Organisation issued a report ‘Epilepsy – Public Health Imperative’ that stated, “To maintain vibrant epilepsy research… it is important to engage and sustain the best pool of researchers in the field, at all career stages, and enrich the available resources by maintaining collaborations within and beyond the epilepsy community.
What is Epilepsy Research UK doing to address the chronically underfunded need for research?
International expert workshop
Our 13th Expert Workshop will bring together over 60 international experts in epilepsy research to a two-day meeting to discuss emerging approaches in the treatment of epilepsy.
The meeting will take place at the University of Oxford in March 2021 and will be Chaired by three leading experts in innovative epilepsy research and clinical practice, who together are in the process of creating an inspiring workshop programme discussing topics such as wearable technology, patient data, and personalised medicine.
During the event, researchers will be able to explore innovations in epilepsy research and management, drive forward the development of new therapies and discuss the future of precision treatments for patients with the aim of addressing epileptic seizures and their associated neurodevelopmental disorders.
Bringing together experts in this way, to share information and ideas, fosters international collaborations and sparks new insights and ideas. The sharing of information continues after the event with the publication of a journal, detailing the research discussed, delegate reviews and recommendations for future research.
Read about last year’s event here.
We are currently funding 10 international research collaborations through our annual grant round, linking research groups from as far and wide as America to Australia.
Results from our funded research are published and shared and presented at conferences worldwide such as the International League Against Epilepsy Congress. The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is the world’s pre-eminent association of doctors, health professionals and scientists working in the field of epilepsy. It has a world-wide membership, organised regionally with over 100 national chapters in all continents of the world.
Doctoral Training Centre Grant Scheme
We are addressing the urgent need to attract early career researchers from across the globe into epilepsy research by developing PhD hubs to help build the capacity of groups in the UK. Last week, we launched the Doctoral Training Centre Grant Scheme which will support up to 6 PhD students to investigate the causes, diagnosis or treatment of epilepsy and associated conditions. We are inviting applications from individual research institutes and also encouraging collaborations. Our aim is to attract the best candidates to epilepsy research and provide training and development that will capacity build a future workforce.
Click here for more information about our DTC grant scheme.