Epilepsy interrupts the lives of ordinary, extraordinary people.
It’s invisible. It’s unpredictable. It’s frightening.
A life free from epilepsy is possible.
But only through research.
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“His little body has been through so much and it’s been heartbreaking to watch our tiny baby go through this. The next generation of researchers could stop Archer’s life being interrupted by epilepsy – and many other babies and children like him.“ Amanda, Archer’s mum
EXAMPLE RESEARCH SUCCESSES
The ERUK annual grant funding has led to real benefits for those living with epilepsy. Here is just a snapshot:
A grant made by ERUK ten years ago was the beginning of a project which has now resulted in potential gene therapies for drug-resistant epilepsy.
REDUCING MORTALITY RATE
A research team working on a project on epilepsy-related deaths in Scotland spoke at the Scottish parliament on reducing the mortality rate of people with epilepsy.
Our research has highlighted potential dangers to children born to women taking AEDs, resulting in the government issuing new prescription guidelines.
Clinical trials of existing drugs for the treatment of memory dysfunction in people with temporal lobe epilepsy are underway thanks to support from ERUK for the underpinning research.
Immunotherapy has been discovered – thanks to ERUK research – to be an effective treatment for faciobrachial dystonic seizures, a seizure disorder affecting the arms and face.
As a direct result of ERUK-funded research, methods used for focal epilepsy surgery have improved and are being used in specialist neurology clinics, and may lead to altered practice worldwide.