Dr Thomas said, “The Great North Run is a sporting and cultural highlight and one of the most important days of the year here in the North East. It usually starts in the shadow of Newcastle University and the Royal Victoria Infirmary, where our teams work. Every year thousands of runners raise millions for countless charities at this incredible event.
“On Sunday 20th September, teams from both institutes will run 100 miles on the town moor. Please come along to support us by cheering us on from a safe distance and donating to Epilepsy Research UK.
“As well as raising funds, we would like to raise awareness that the North East has the highest rate of epilepsy in England, with 1% of adults here taking medication for the condition. But epilepsy is more than just seizures, and life changing, life saving research is chronically underfunded and desperately needed.”
Newcastle University is a prestigious centre of research and is home to many ERUK-funded projects, including Mr Ashan Jayasekera’s work. Ashan is a neurosurgical trainee and researcher and is developing a non-invasive scanning technique to map the regions of the brain around a tumour which are responsible for a patient’s seizures.