Research Report 2015/16

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.

New projects initiated over the past year have included:

  • A pilot study which aims to determine whether a dietary product is well tolerated in a population of individuals with epilepsy.
  • A randomised controlled trial which will assess whether early postoperative antiepileptic drug (AED) withdrawal improves cognitive function compared with late withdrawal.
  • A Phase 3 observational study of Cannabidiol as a new treatment for drug resistant epilepsies.
  • Further development of our work to integrate services and improve outcomes for young people with epilepsy. This work looks to develop a strategy for a new integrated model of care.

In addition we have, as a unit, been responsible for 70 peer-reviewed publications of primary research, as well as a further 24 publications of chapters, reviews and commentaries of expert opinion.

Under renewed strategic objectives, Young Epilepsy moves to deliver a dedicated education and social care research arm, strengthening our evidence base for service models internationally. As a unit, our research continues to work towards improving the recognition of epilepsy as a healthcare priority in every part of the world.