To mark International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we’re celebrating the incredible contribution of women to epilepsy research. From developing targeted treatments, to pioneering specialist epilepsy services, to safeguarding the integrity of our own grant making , these women are the backbone of research into epilepsy.

Today we’re shining a spotlight on some of our most viewed Research Blogs from female contributors. Read our special edition ‘International Day of Women and Girls in Science Research Roundup’ or read the individual blogs below…

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DR KATE BAKER, SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COMMITTEE MEMBER

Dr Kate Baker is a clinical geneticist at the University of Cambridge and a member of the Epilepsy Research UK Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC). In her blog, Kate shares the progress genetic testing has made in the last 10 years, including her own research into a specific genetic mutation, and explains why more research is still needed to provide answers for families.

Read Dr Kate Baker’s blog

REBECCA, SHAPE NETWORK MEMBER

Rebecca has lived with drug-resistant focal epilepsy for the past 30 years. In April, she joined our Shape Network Steering Group to help develop the strategy for the network. In her Research Blog, Rebecca explains why she wanted to be part of this network and why it’s so important for those affected by epilepsy to become involved in research.

Read Rebecca’s blog

DR SUKHVIR WRIGHT, 2016 EMERGING LEADER FELLOW

Dr Sukhvir Wright is investigating autoimmune-associated epilepsy in children, a condition in which seizures can be caused by the body’s immune system interfering with brain cells. In her blog, Sukhvir explains how an Epilepsy Research UK Emerging Leader Fellowship helped researchers understand how autoimmune-associated epilepsies work and aided the search for targeted treatments.

Read Dr Sukhvir Wright’s blog

KIM MORLEY, EPILEPSY SPECIALIST NURSE & MIDWIFE

For two decades, Advanced Clinical Practitioner, nurse and midwife Kim Morley has been a pioneer of specialist epilepsy maternity services, with a particular focus on anti-epileptic drug (AED) management. In this Research Blog, Kim discusses her career providing specialist care to women with epilepsy, and how being a voice for patients has led to real change.

Read Kim Morley’s blog here

DR CAOIMHE TWO-HIG BENNET, HEAD OF RESEARCH AT EPILEPSY RESEARCH UK

Dr Caoimhe Twohig-Bennet is Head of Research at Epilepsy Research UK and works closely with the SAC – a panel of some of the country’s leading neurologists, neuroscientists and epilepsy researchers – to decide which projects we fund. In her Research Blog, Caoimhe explains exactly who the SAC are and why they are vital to our grant funding process.

Read Caoimhe-Bennet’s research blog

VIEW OUR #WOMENINSCIENCE RESEARCH ROUNDUP PDF HERE