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Government invests over £1.75 million to support epilepsy research capacity-building

 

The Government has invested over £1.75 million of grant funding into Epilepsy Research UK through its Medical Research Charities Early Career Researchers Support Fund. The funding by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has enabled the charity to support early-career researchers, and to invest in and lead the national epilepsy research collaborative #Every1EndingEpilepsy. The charity received £1.28 million of funding in 2022-23 and £475,000 in 2021-22.

Maxine Smeaton, Chief Executive of Epilepsy Research UK said: “Despite being one of the most prevalent, serious neurological conditions, epilepsy research funding is disproportionately less than other neurological conditions. Brexit, and then the pandemic represented a further threat to attracting and retaining early career researchers in an already chronically underfunded area of research. “The funding from the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology has been a key enabler in capacity-building research into epilepsy. This welcome funding has provided Epilepsy Research UK with the ability to safeguard talented early-career researchers and their promising research. But beyond this, funds we designated from reserves to help us navigate the uncertainty were then able to be released and invested in a ground-breaking national research collaborative, #Every1EndingEpilepsy, which will produce a roadmap to radically advance research into epilepsy.” Dr Caoimhe Twohig-Bennett, Director of Research Partnerships said: “This crucial funding from government is thanks to the tireless work by the Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC), of which Epilepsy Research UK is a proud member. We hope that this funding will be the first step towards a longer-term sustainable funding strategy for epilepsy research, that will help transform the lives of the lives of the 600,000 people living with epilepsy.”

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