We reveal the lucky winners of #PurrpleDayPets, share highlights from our day at the University of Birmingham’s special Purple Day event and shine a spotlight on our work with the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research.

#PurrpleDayPets

Purple Day 2022 saw the return of the #PurrpleDayPets phenomenon launched by Epilepsy Research UK last year. The entries rained down on us (like cats and dogs!) and our pets once again succeeded in turning the internet purple to raise awareness and much-needed funds for epilepsy research.

The pet pics have been collated and assessed by our panel of industry experts and we can now reveal our 2022 runners-up (and lucky winners of a pet photography studio session with Joanne Photography) are…

But there can only be one champion, and we are very pleased to announce that the winner of #PurrpleDayPets 2022 and an Epilepsy Research UK goodie bag including a photoshoot with Joanne Photography is Max – a lovely lab who lives with epilepsy.

We would like to thank everyone for joining in the #PurrpleDayPets fun and helping to raise the profile of epilepsy research once again through the power of pets! There’s still time to show your appreciation this year by making a dognation… oops we mean DONATION.

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EPILEPSY RESEARCH UK AT THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM FOR SPECIAL PURPLE DAY EVENT

Epilepsy Research UK team members were at the University of Birmingham on Friday to speak at the Centre for Systems Modelling & Quantitative Biomedicine (SMQB) Purple Day event, hosted by Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) member Professor John Terry.

Head of Research Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett shared how projects taking place all over the UK, funded by our supporters, are making a difference for people affected by epilepsy. Research and Involvement Officer Anna Norton spoke about how the entire epilepsy community is coming together to develop research priorities as part of the UK Epilepsy Priority Setting Partnership (PSP), discussing the phenomenal response to the PSP survey and the next steps for the project.

There were more familiar Epilepsy Research UK faces at the event, including SAC member Professor Andrew Bagshaw, who discussed the diagnosis of epilepsy, autism and sleep in children, and Emerging Leader Fellow Dr Wessel Woldman discussed how mathematics can be used to improve epilepsy diagnosis and prognosis.

EPILEPSY, MITOCHONDRIAL DISEASE & 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, including a study focused on how mitochondrial disease contributes to the development of epilepsy.

It was a pleasure to work with the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research in aid of Purple Day, and to shine a light on research being carried out into mitochondrial disease and epilepsy. Dr Lyndsey Butterworth and PhD student Elizaveta Olkhova discussed the link between the conditions and research which could benefit everyone affected, in their recent Research Blog.

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Paolo lives with MELAS (mitochondrial encephalopathy, lactic acidosis and stroke-like episodes) syndrome – a rare disorder affecting the nervous system, muscles, and sometimes causing epilepsy. His mother Loretta discussed the challenges of living with MELAS, the additional impact of epilepsy and the importance of research. We would like to thank the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research for introducing us to Loretta and helping us share Paolo’s story for Purple Day.

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