Research Report 2013/14

Young Epilepsy coordinates and funds research into the causes, treatments and impact of all aspects of childhood epilepsy. We want to secure the best outcome for everyone affected by the childhood epilepsies and we know the best way to do this is through research.

The overriding goal of epilepsy research within the unit is to enable a better long-term outcome and to reduce the overall burden for children with epilepsy.

The unit – which encompasses UCL-Institute of Child Health, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, Young Epilepsy and North London Epilepsy Network - is in a unique position of incorporating review of children with a range of severity from newly diagnosed to complex epilepsy.

Further collaboration across UCL allows continuation of work into adulthood, allowing study across the whole age range. The educational and behavioural expertise within Young Epilepsy allows interventional study beyond medical treatment.