Torie Robinson, member of ERUK Scientific Advisory Committee and CEO of Epilepsy Sparks, highlights the importance of research and what it means to her.

Research into epilepsy gives me hope: that in the foreseeable future we will have such an improved understanding of the human brain that we will be able to provide more effective and even preventative treatments for the condition that is epilepsy.

I hope for improved antiepileptic drug treatments for us which would lead to better controlled seizures with fewer side effects. I hope that surgery may become an option for more people. But the way to turn things around, I believe, is to look at things from the scientific perspective. Look at the research that is being done; it is truly exciting.

I feel humbled by the incredible research ERUK is funding and excited for the future.

Research funded by ERUK is enabling us to identify not just correlations but causations of abnormal and dysfunctional neural activity. It’s providing data enabling us to more effectively predict and prevent seizures. The more research enables us to understand our abnormal neural activity, the closer we come, little by little, to developing treatments that save lives and improve lives.

I feel humbled by the incredible research ERUK is funding and excited for the future. Treatments and preventative measures will improve over time. Research is changing our lives.