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Published: 27 February 2013

Epilepsy Society Research Centre to open

Epilepsy Society medical staff are looking forward to the official opening of the charity’s new research centre on Friday (1 March) which will herald a new era of research into the condition which affects one person in every hundred.

Amanda Cleaver, Epilepsy Society’s communications manager, said: 'There are more than half a million people in the UK with epilepsy, so research is vital, especially for those whose seizures are yet to be controlled.'

Epilepsy Society’s Research Centre, built on the charity’s Chalfont St Peter site in Bucks will be used to carry out the most advanced epilepsy research in Europe and translate it into clinical practice. The state-of-the-art two-storey building cost £3.4 million and has been made possible by the generosity of charitable trusts and donors.

Graham Faulkner, Epilepsy Society’s chief executive, said: “We are very proud of our new building and excited by the research that will be carried out there. To celebrate its opening we are offering a free tour to anyone wanting to learn more about our research.'

The research centre will be open to the public on Saturday 2 March. People are invited to turn up anytime between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. More information is available by calling 01494 601 358.

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