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Building capacity for epilepsy research through advocacy and partnership

Epilepsy Research UK has become recognised as a key influencer in setting the epilepsy research agenda, including launching two significant capacity building programmes: the UK Epilepsy Priority Setting Partnership and #Every1EndingEpilepsy. The charity is now building on this work in the areas of policy influencing and developing research partnerships.

Epilepsy Research UK Chief Executive, Maxine Smeaton, said:

“To help us further develop our policy influencing work we are delighted to welcome Kathryn Stillman as Director of External Affairs. Kathryn has extensive experience working across health and research organisations in the not-for-profit and public sectors including charities, the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care. Most recently, she has worked at Medical Royal Colleges, and for The Alan Turing Institute, the national research institute for data science and AI.

“We are also pleased to share that Dr Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett has been promoted to Director of Research Partnerships. Caoimhe has worked at Epilepsy Research UK for five years, focusing on how we drive and fund research into epilepsy, and importantly, how we involve people affected by epilepsy in research. Caoimhe will further develop our partnership working with institutional funders and industry and will continue to oversee the Epilepsy Research UK research funding programme.”

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