3 May 2000
The leading medical research charity, Action Research, has a leaflet on epilepsy to give away to coincide with National Epilepsy Week (May 15-21).
The leaflet describes some of the causes of epilepsy and aims to promote a greater understanding and awareness of this condition.
In the past nine years, Action Research has awarded 15 research grants specifically related to epilepsy - a commitment of just over £1 million. It is the most common serious brain disease and develops in 30,000 people in the UK every year.
Action Research is supporting Professor John Duncan who is working on a project in this area. His aim is to identify and diagnose causes of epilepsy, and its effects on the brain. Consequently more effective treatments may be devised enabling abnormalities to be removed surgically.
Working at the National Society of Epilepsy and the Institute of Neurology, the group are developing new ways of imaging the brain in life, identifying abnormalities underlying epilepsy that have not previously been picked up.
The new leaflet is free and is available by writing to Action Research, Vincent House, Horsham, RH12 2DP including an SAE.