helpline 01494 601 400

Why we carry out research

Epilepsy Society strives to find the causes of epilepsy and to improve treatment of the condition. This is in line with our vision to achieve a full life for everyone affected by epilepsy. We believe that research into epilepsy represents the best hope of finding a cure for epilepsy, and eventually preventing it altogether.

We believe that as research progresses, epilepsy will be seen as a whole collection of conditions, which share the common problem of seizures, with or without other features. As these separate conditions become better understood, it will allow for more specific diagnosis and rational new therapies. In time, this will allow tailored, individualised treatment options for each type of epilepsy with the goal of freedom from seizures.

Epilepsy Society will promote research in epidemiology, genetics, imaging, basic science, pharmacology, pathology, cognitive studies and other areas as they become appropriate. It will be critical to integrate results from such studies allowing a holistic approach for the benefit of all people with epilepsy. Until we understand each type of epilepsy, this multifaceted approach will permit the best use of available treatments and care strategies. 

We have a unique arrangement with University College London for academic work and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery for clinical work. This ensures academic and clinical excellence, patient input and relevance of our medical research. We have a long history in medical research, dating back to our neurological founding fathers and are a World Health Organisation (WHO) Centre of Excellence.

Epilepsy Society does not conduct research using animals. You can read our policy statement here.