In April we launched the #ERUKResearchBlog with the aim of demystifying the often-complex topics of research into epilepsy. We’ve learned so much already!

Each new blogpost has shined a light on different themes of epilepsy and research and today we’re sharing a selection of our favourite articles so far. So sit back and enjoy the excellent and accessible short-reads below.

WHAT IS GENE THERAPY – AND WHAT COULD IT MEAN FOR PEOPLE WITH EPILEPSY?
Dr Gabriele Lignani’s ERUK-funded research focuses on the use of gene therapy to treat epilepsy. In this blogpost we find out what exactly gene therapy is and what it means for people with epilepsy – you can read all about it here.

SHINING A LIGHT ON OPTOGENETICS AND EPILEPSY
Dr Alfredo Gonzalez-Sulser was awarded an ERUK Emerging Leader Fellowship Award in 2016, to research the use of optogenetics in blocking seizures in temporal lobe epilepsy. But what is optogentics and how does it work? Find out in Dr Gonzalez-Sulser’s blogpost here.

#MORETHANSEIZURES BY ANNIE BROOKS
We had a Research Blog special for National Epilepsy Week from blogger and epilepsy advocate, Annie Brooks. Annie’s piece was on this year’s theme of epilepsy being ‘more than seizures’ and what that means to her – you can read her blogpost here.

WHY DO WE NEED BASIC RESEARCH IN EPILEPSY?
Dr Vincent Magloire’s ERUK-funded research focuses on identifying new therapeutic targets to treat epilepsy. But what are therapeutic targets, and how are they relevant to epilepsy? Dr Magloire explains how addressing why and how seizures happen, may help uncover new treatments in the future. Find out more in the full blogpost here.

TELL US WHAT YOU WANT (WHAT, YOU REALLY, REALLY WANT…)
We want to know which topics you’d like to know more about on the #ERUKResearchBlog. Have you ever wondered how antiepileptic drugs are developed? Maybe you want to find out about the latest epilepsy surgery techniques? Whatever the project, topic or theme you’d like to see discussed by the experts, please get in touch here!