As a charity, we are often asked for tangible examples of our impact. This weekend a story run by The Sunday Times highlighted the devastating harm the drug sodium valproate has caused some women and their babies. Dr Bromley’s research, funded by Epilepsy Research UK, provided the evidence that has subsequently led to changes in policy and clinical practice outlined in the Cumberlege Report. Clearly, more needs to be done, but this work has greatly reduced the risk to countless babies of women with epilepsy.

Dr Rebecca Bromley’s ERUK-funded research into epilepsy and pregnancy provided researchers, clinicians and policymakers with much-needed evidence on the risks associated with valproate in pregnancy.

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Read the response from campaigner and advocate for better information for women with epilepsy, Faye Waddams, to the recent Sunday Times article.

FAYE’S RESPONSE

Professor Matthew Walker, ERUK Chair – read the full Epilepsy Research UK response to the recent valproate news coverage.

EPILEPSY RESEARCH UK’S RESPONSE

Research into epilepsy is chronically underfunded. Without your support, vital research such as Dr Bromley’s may not have happened. We are building a case to challenge the government about the inequalities in research funding, but until more investment is made, we are entirely dependent on your generosity to drive and enable life changing, life saving research such as this.

Thank you.

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