Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological disorders affecting over 50 million people worldwide and is characterised by occurrence of seizures. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy during their lifetime.

Despite more than 20 anti- seizure medications, more than 30% of patients are not able to control their seizures with anti-seizure medications. Drug-resistant epilepsy is the failure of two anti-seizure medications to control seizures. For more than 60% of patients the cause of epilepsy is not known. Many patients go through years of a diagnostic odyssey trying to find a cause as well as years of a trial-and-error approach in the hope to find an anti-seizure medication will be effective.

Our research is focused on better answering the two most common questions patients ask their neurologist in the Epilepsy Clinic:

  • “What is the cause of my epilepsy?” and
  • “How can my epilepsy be treated?”

A better understanding of the cause for an individual patient will underpin the era of more personalised treatments to improve outcomes for this debilitating disorder.

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