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