Genomics is an interdisciplinary field of science focusing on sequencing, analysis and interpretation of the genome or complete set of DNA of an individual.
Our research philosophy
Epilepsy Society funded research falls under four integrated areas: genomics, neuroimaging, neuropsychology and neuropathology (Epilepsy Society's Brain and Tissue Bank). We also carry out research in other psychological and health service areas and epidemiology (global health and outcomes).
We are part of a unique arrangement with UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology and the UCLH National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. This ensures academic and clinical excellence, patient input and relevance of our medical research.
The close integration of the clinical and research activities at Epilepsy Society's Chalfont Centre ensures that the research questions addressed are relevant to clinical care and that advances are put into clinical practices without delay.
The ultimate goals of our current research are to spearhead personalised treatment and to incorporate genomic diagnosis into the NHS for people with epilepsy.
A person being scanned by our Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) scanner (pictured right).
Experience our research
Neuroimaging enables us to look deep inside the brain to learn more about the impact of seizures on its structure and function.
Neuropsychology looks at how epilepsy and seizures affect the way a person thinks, learns and behaves. It is particularly useful for assessing people before and after surgery for epilepsy.
Epidemiology helps us to look at epilepsy in the community and find out who, when and where people have developed the condition.
The Epilepsy Society Brain and Tissue Bank is the first of its kind in the UK. It is dedicated to the study of epilepsy through brain and other tissue samples.
Be part of our research
We aim to bring forward the day when epilepsy is not a hidden disability – no longer a stigma that is hidden in the shadows and misunderstood. Help shape the future of clinical provision for people with epilepsy. Join us in being part of this journey by giving your support.
Epilepsy Society’s Chalfont Centre is unique in bringing together intellectual capital to form a powerhouse multidisciplinary team who contribute to a wide ranging spectrum of research. It is only by working together that we will be able to translate the findings of our research into clinical medicine.
Members enjoy a range of great benefits and help shape our work. If you are someone with epilepsy or know someone with epilepsy, find out how you can become an associate member today.
At the moment we can only recruit people for our research who are under the care of UCLH.
Find out how to be considered for future research projects.
Epilepsy Society does not conduct research using animals. Read our policy statement here.