• Epilepsy is a neurological condition characterised by seizures which are caused by excessive electrical activity within networks of neurons in the brain.

  • It is one of the most common neurological conditions in the world.

  • Epilepsy can affect anyone of any age, gender, race or ethnicity.

  • There are over 600,000 people in the UK with a known diagnosis of epilepsy: that’s about 1 in 103 people. 

  • In 65% of cases there is no known cause.

  • 30% of people live with uncontrolled seizures that do not respond to medication.

  • In every week over 600 people are newly diagnosed with epilepsy.

  • There are 21 epilepsy related deaths every week; that’s over 1000 every year.


Epilepsy Research UK

·        Epilepsy Research UK (ERUK) is the only UK charity exclusively dedicated to funding independent research into epilepsy.

·        Our mission is to drive investment into research, inspire collaboration across clinical, scientific and academic disciplines, and transform the lives of people living with epilepsy and their families and carers.

·        Our research is funded after rigorous scrutiny of grant applications in a multi-stage process that involves experts on our Scientific Advisory Committee, independent expert opinion, peer review and interviews.

·        Each year we fund new research projects at universities and hospitals around the UK.  The impact of their work is global.

·        ERUK research is entirely funded from voluntary donations.


There is more information available on our website www.epilepsyresearch.org.uk

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