Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world, with approximately 600,000 people in the UK with a known diagnosis. It can affect anyone of any age, gender, race or ethnicity but is most commonly diagnosed in childhood and in people over the age of 60.
Shockingly there are 21 epilepsy-related deaths every week; that’s over 1000 every year.
Epilepsy is characterized by seizures which are caused by excessive electrical activity within networks of neurons in the brain. The effects and impacts of these seizures vary considerably, depending on which part of the brain is affected.
Although many have their epilepsy controlled with medication about one-third of people with epilepsy continue to have seizures despite optimum treatment. A number of factors can increase a person’s risk of developing epilepsy but for 65% of people there is no known cause.
Where there is no clear cause present, diagnosis can be difficult and treatment pathways can be complex.
Epilepsy interrupts the lives of ordinary, extraordinary people. It’s invisible. It’s unpredictable. It’s frightening.
Epilepsy Research UK’s vision is ‘A life free from epilepsy’. Our mission is to drive and enable life changing, life saving research into epilepsy. We are the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to promoting, encouraging and funding research into the causes, diagnosis and treatments of epilepsy.
Our pioneering funded research is currently being carried out in over 40 universities and hospitals throughout the country.
The projects we fund are of the highest scientific merit and aim to provide help for today and hope for tomorrow. Our clinical research discovers ways to improve the medical care and management of people living with epilepsy and our lab-based basic research looks at causes and methods for improved diagnosis and prevention.
As well as funding projects, we play a key role in bringing the epilepsy research community together, inspiring collaborations and driving further investment for research into epilepsy.
A life free from epilepsy is possible. But only through research.
Epilepsy Research UK
7-14 Great Dover Street
Phone: 020 3096 7887