US university receives funding for epilepsy research

Posted Nov 11 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Two neurology researchers at a US university have received significant funding to conduct epilepsy research in older patients.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention has awarded a $1.6 million (£995,000) grant to staff members at the University of Arizona.

Dr David Labiner, neurology professor and department head, and professor Jenny Chong will look at how the condition affects senior citizens in the south east of the state.

"We now know that epilepsy is far more common in older adults that we used to believe. In fact, the incidence of epilepsy in adults older than 75 is at least double that of children," said professor Chong.

The four-year study aims to give physicians and researchers a better understanding of the effect the condition can have on a patient's quality of life and mental health, as well as the cost to the US health system.

Researchers will look to recruit patients from hospital emergency departments and private clinics from around Arizona. 

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