Epilepsy in children
This research was completed on 31 August 2003
|Project Leader||Dr Robert A Robinson, BA, MBBS, MRCP|
|Location||Department of Paediatrics, Royal Free & University College Medical School, The Rayne Institute, London|
|Grant awarded||19 May 2000|
|Start date||1 July 2000|
|End date||31 August 2003|
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