23 March 2012
Epilepsy experts gather in East Grinstead for second Young Epilepsy Research Retreat
The Young Epilepsy Research Retreat serves as an annual get together for 70 researchers and collaborators from Young Epilepsy, UCL-Institute of Child Health, UCL-Institute of Neurology, Great Ormond Street Hospital and Dartmouth College, USA. The Retreat gives researchers the opportunity to discuss ongoing projects, completed projects and possible future directions of research.
The 2012 research retreat took place recently at Alexander House Hotel in East Grinstead with Professor Solomon Moshé as the moderator. Professor Moshé is Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience & Paediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine, New York as well as the current President of the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).
There were presentations on 23 of the projects taking place across the group on a wide range of topics, such as neuropathology, neuroimaging, genetics and academic achievement of children with epilepsy. Discussions at the end of each presentation gave investigators the opportunity to receive comments and feedback from fellow researchers and principal investigators.
The retreat successfully highlighted the breadth of epilepsy research being undertaken across the unit and also served as a way of motivating young researchers who may not have previously had the opportunity to meet other members of the unit.
- Epilepsy is a tendency to have recurrent seizures. These are caused by a sudden burst of excess electrical activity in the brain, which results in messages to the rest of the body becoming confused.
- There are around 112,000 people across the (UK) aged 25 or younger with epilepsy and it is one of the most common serious childhood neurological condition. Around one in ten of these individuals will suffer from severe communication, learning or behaviour problems due to their epilepsy.
- Young Epilepsy is a national charity for children and young people aged 5 to 25 with epilepsy and other neurological conditions. Young Epilepsy works in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (NHS) Trust and the University College London’s Institute of Child Health. It campaigns for improved epilepsy services for children and young people through its Champions for Childhood Epilepsy Campaign.
- Young Epilepsy’s headquarters in Lingfield, Surrey includes residential and day provision at St Piers School and St Piers College. Also on the site is the award winning Neville Childhood Epilepsy Centre, which hosts a range of diagnostic, assessment and rehabilitation services, along with young Epilepsy's information service (helpline 01342 831342 Monday-Friday 9am-1pm) and a SureStart Children’s Centre for all local families. For more information, see youngepilepsy.org.uk.
- Young Epilepsy also provides a range of epilepsy training for schools plus health, medical and social care professionals. Further information about training can be found on its website.
For further information, contact Tarin Ayres, Media Officer at Young Epilepsy on 01342 831310 or 07825 267 675.