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Freemasons fund research
There were smiles all round when Epilepsy Society’s Professor Sanjay Sisodiya thanked local Freemasons for a £38,000 grant to help fund his research.
Gordon Robertson, Provincial Grand Master for Buckinghamshire and Derek Watts, Provincial Grand Secretary, visited the charity’s site in Buckinghamshire.
Professor Sisodiya explained to the men about his work to search for new genetic causes of epilepsy and showed them the construction of the new research centre where the work being funded will be carried out.
Professor Sisodiya, who is head of genetics at Epilepsy Society, said: ‘I am grateful to The Freemasons’ Grand Charity for this generous grant. Genetics research is very important with changes such as deletions and duplications in a person’s genome recently emerging as an important risk factor for epilepsy. Sometimes, such changes have led to the identification of a particular gene, alterations in which are a direct cause of the epilepsy. Over time the understanding that this brings may prove to be the best way to find new treatments for epilepsy.’
You can read more about our genetics research here.