Research at the University of Michigan suggests that most cases of newborn epilepsy have an identifiable genetic cause and that genetic testing for all newborns with epilepsy should be considered. Knowing the genetic cause of epilepsy not only guides treatment (offering the chance of a better prognosis), it gives parents and families peace of mind. It also means that parents can receive more informed genetic counselling for future pregnancies. You can learn more about the research (which is, understandably, US-focused) here.You may also be interested in reading about a recently-completed ERUK study that is influencing the clinical management of severe childhood epilepsy in the UK.