This week the British Neuroscience Association (BNA), will host its fifth Festival of Neuroscience.  Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK) is proud to be a Partner Society for the festival and to be hosting this year’s only epilepsy-focussed symposium.

What is the British Neuroscience Association (BNA)?

The BNA is the largest UK organisation representing and promoting neuroscience and neuroscientists and has a community of around 2,000 members, including world-leading scientists.

BNA2021 Festival of Neuroscience

Every two years, the BNA hosts the festival to bring together neuroscientists working in every aspect of brain research from around the UK. This year’s event will be held virtually from 12th-15th April and will feature multiple organisations with an interest in brain research, including Epilepsy Research UK, Parkinson’s UK, and the UK Dementia Research Institute. As part of the programme of events, Epilepsy Research UK is delighted to be hosting an ‘Innovations in Epilepsy Research’ symposium on Thursday 15th April at 9am.

Dr Kate Baker, from the University of Cambridge and member of Epilepsy Research UK’s Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC), will chair the session, which will feature talks from ERUK-funded early career researchers:

  • Mr Ashan Jayasekera – ERUK Emerging Leader Fellow
    Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle Upon Tyne

    Trainee neurosurgeon Mr Jayasekera is investigating epilepsy that occurs due to a brain tumour. His research is looking at an alternative non-invasive scanning technique that accurately maps the areas responsible for seizures so that they can be removed in patients with brain tumours. You can read more about this project in Mr Jayasekera’s recent Research Blog here.
  • Dr Vincent Magloire – ERUK Emerging Leader Fellow
    University College London

    Dr Magloire’s project is investigating whether a therapeutic approach, which involves genetically manipulating excitatory brain cells to reduce the burst of electrical activity between cells, can stop seizures at their origin. You can find more about this in Dr Magloire’s Research Blog here.
  • Dr Amol Bhandare – ERUK Endeavour Project Grantholder
    University of Warwick

    Dr Amol is working on a project led by Professor Nicholas Dale which is investigating the underlying mechanisms of Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). You can hear more from Dr Amol Bhandare on this project in our recent Research Roundtable webinar on SUDEP here.
  • Dr Eleonora Lugarà – ERUK Endeavour Project Grantholder
    National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
    Alongside Professor Matthew Walker, Dr Lugara is investigating how breath testing and sweat analysis can help to improve epilepsy diagnosis. Dr Lugara explains more in her Research Blog here.

If you’d like to hear more about the ‘Innovations in Epilepsy Research’ symposium on Thursday 15th April, follow us on twitter here for live updates throughout the day.