Research Blog

Welcome to the #ERUKResearchBlog. Does scientific language or research jargon sometimes leave you feeling a little baffled and bemused? Well, we’ve asked the experts to break things down, show us ‘behind the research curtain’, and share some stories that will inspire and engage us all.

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Studying memory in children with epilepsy to better understand brain-behaviour relationships

Professor Amanda Wood researchers memory loss in children. Alongside Professor Stefano Seri and Dr Elaine Foley, Professor Wood was awarded funding from Epilepsy Research UK in 2015 for a project aiming to better predict how likely children undergoing surgery are to develop problems with brain function and memory.

Epilepsy, mitochondrial disease and supporting the next generation of researchers

The Epilepsy Research UK & Newcastle University Doctoral Training Centre aims to create a school of future leaders in epilepsy research across six innovative projects. One of these PhD projects will focus on how mitochondrial disease contributes to the development of epilepsy.  

Valproate in pregnancy: the value of research and patient campaigning

Dr Rebecca Bromley's ERUK-funded research provided key evidence which led to changes in policy and clinical practice, reducing the risk to countless babies of women with epilepsy. Here, she discusses the journey to recognising the risks associated with sodium valproate, and how patient campaigning and research brought about vital change.

Faye’s story – a voice for women with epilepsy

Faye discusses how becoming pregnant led her to understand more about the issues facing women in the same situation.  She was inspired to take up blogging to provide more information and support and has become a key influencer on the Valproate Stakeholder Network. She is now Mum to happy and healthy Noah and a keen advocate for further research in this area.  

Finding answers: The GACE (Genetic and Autoimmune Childhood Epilepsy) study

Along with Professor Sameer Zuberi, Dr Joesph Symonds was awarded funding from Epilepsy Research UK for a project investigating the genetic and autoimmune causes of epilepsy in young children. Here, Dr Symonds discusses how the findings from this project could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of childhood epilepsy.

Making bedside brain imaging for children with epilepsy a reality

Dr Tim Tierney was awarded the joint Epilepsy Research UK & Young Epilepsy Fellowship Award for his project aiming to make bedside brain imaging a reality. In this Research Blog, Dr Tierney discusses his career journey as a researcher so far, including the factors behind the development of this vital new fellowship project.

What can early development tell us about the link between epilepsy and autism?

Dr Charlotte Tye was awarded the Epilepsy Research UK & Autistica Fellowship in 2020 to identify predictors of autism in infants with epilepsy. Here, Dr Tye explains how this work could help improve long-term quality of life for those affected by both conditions.

Improving outcomes for Childhood Onset Epilepsies: from mechanisms to treatment

In this Research Blog, we learn about Epilepsy Research UK & University of Edinburgh’s Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) from lead researchers  Professor Cathy Abbot and Professor Richard Chin. The research projects will focus on improving outcomes for childhood onset epilepsies, from mechanisms to treatment.

Investigating epilepsy from laboratory to clinic using computational and technological methods

Professor Andrew Trevelyan and Dr Rhys Thomas are the lead researchers of this new Epilepsy Research UK Newcastle University Doctoral Training Centre. Here, we hear more about the projects and what Professor Trevelyan and Dr Thomas hope to achieve through these DTC’s.

A personal experience of human genomics – the study of a person’s entire DNA

Dr Charles Steward works in the field of human genomics - the study of a person’s entire DNA. In this Research Blog, Dr Steward discusses his journey in the field of genomics and how this knowledge can be transformative in diagnosing, treating and preventing health conditions.

Life outside the Lab: Akanksha’s experience gaining insight into the personal impact of living with epilepsy

PhD student Akanksha Jain reflects on her time with the charity, what she will take away from the experience, and also discusses the importance of the SHAPE NETWORK for people affected by epilepsy.

International Day of Women and Girls in Science: Climbing the scientific ladder as a woman

To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, Epilepsy Research UK is celebrating all the incredible women driving research into epilepsy. In this Research Blog, Epilepsy Research UK Trustee Professor Stephanie Schorge discusses her journey climbing the scientific ladder as a woman.

Maximising the benefits and reducing the risks of the changes to epilepsy services resulting from COVID-19

We hear from our final Innovations in Healthcare awardee, Dr Rhys Thomas, who tells us how his project aims to increase awareness of SUDEP by rolling out an award-winning educational app and producing information videos featuring people with lived experience of epilepsy.

Parents of children with epilepsy share experiences of research involvement

This week, we have handed over our research blog to parents participating in the MICE Study Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Group.  We asked the group to provide some insights into participating in research to help anyone considering getting involved in ERUK’s SHAPE EPILEPSY RESEARCH NETWORK.

How research can change policy and clinical practice: epilepsy-related deaths

ERUK Change Maker series: In this blog, Dr Gashirai Mbizvo discusses how his ERUK-funded research in Scotland discovered that almost 80% of epilepsy-related deaths among adults are potentially avoidable, and how this work is helping to change policy and clinical practice.

Promoting, encouraging and funding research into the causes, diagnosis and clinical management of people with epilepsy and associated conditions

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Developing the next generation of epilepsy researchers and capacity building the epilepsy research environment with our new Doctoral Training Centres

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Accelerating innovations for people with epilepsy by supporting research that will influence clinical practice and health policy

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