• There are 50 million people worldwide with a known diagnosis of epilepsy
  • Up to 70% of people with epilepsy could live seizure-free if properly diagnosed and treated
  • The risk of premature death in people with epilepsy is up to three times higher than for the general population
  • The cost of epilepsy on the NHS is estimated to be at least £1.5 billion annually
  • There are a staggering 100,000 emergency admissions due to epilepsy each year

In 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) produced a global report on epilepsy: Epilepsy: a public health imperative, summarising the available evidence of the burden of epilepsy and the public health response required at global, regional and national levels. WHO called for more collaborations, more investment in research, and highlighted the need to seek and retain the best pool of researchers in the field.

To maintain vibrant epilepsy research… it is important to engage and sustain the best pool of researchers in the field, at all career stages, and enrich the available resources by maintaining collaborations within and beyond the epilepsy community.
World Health Organisation

Despite the evidence of need and high prevalence of this potentially devastating disorder, research into epilepsy remains chronically underfunded.

Here are some ways in which ERUK is growing the global and regional research community


Our 13th Expert Workshop will bring together over 60 international experts in epilepsy research to a two-day meeting to discuss emerging approaches in the treatment of epilepsy.

Due to the pandemic, the meeting is scheduled for spring 2020 and will be Chaired by three leading experts in innovative epilepsy research and clinical practice, who together are in the process of creating an inspiring workshop programme discussing topics such as wearable technology, patient data and personalised medicine.

Bringing together experts in this way, to share information and ideas, fosters international collaborations and sparks new insights and ideas. The sharing of information continues after the event with the publication of a journal, detailing the research discussed, delegate reviews and recommendations for future research.

Read about the 2019 event here.


We are currently funding 10 international research collaborations through our annual grant round, linking research groups from as far and wide as America to Australia.

Results from our funded research are published and shared and presented at conferences worldwide such as the International League Against Epilepsy Congress. The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) is the world’s pre-eminent association of doctors, health professionals and scientists working in the field of epilepsy. It has a world-wide membership, organised regionally with over 100 national chapters in all continents of the world.

Find out more about the work of the ILAE here.



We are addressing the urgent need to attract early career researchers from across the globe into epilepsy research by developing PhD hubs to help build the capacity of groups in the UK.

In February 2020 ERUK launched the Doctoral Training Centre Grant Scheme which will support up to six PhD students to investigate the causes, diagnosis or treatment of epilepsy and associated conditions. We are inviting applications from individual research institutes and also encouraging collaborations. Our aim is to attract the best candidates to epilepsy research and provide training and development that will capacity build a future workforce.

Click here for more information about our DTC Grant Scheme.

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

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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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