Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we are in the privileged position to open our annual grant funding round. Researchers throughout the UK will be able to apply for Fellowships, Projects and Pilot Studies that aim to provide help for today through clinical research improving treatments, and hope for tomorrow through lab-based studies seeking to prevent epilepsy.
More research is needed
The review of existing literature, the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) group discussions and analysis of the economic impact of living with both conditions highlighted the paucity of research in this area, and the urgent need for more research investment. This includes:
- Further research on long-term non-healthcare costs and outcomes
- Key relevant economic interventions for this population remain unclear and need to be identified
- Qualitative research involving autistic people who have epilepsy and their families
- Research into the impact that being autistic and having epilepsy has on employment prospects
We are also pleased to announce that our funding collaboration this year will be with the Tuberous Sclerosis Association, supporting a Fellowship for research investigating tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC)-associated epilepsy.