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Epilepsy Research UK: #InternationalWomensDay

To celebrate #InternationalWomensDay, we’re shining a spotlight on some of our most viewed Research Blogs from clinicians, researchers, and people with lived experience of epilepsy. These blogs range from the inspirational to the ingenious and provide a fantastic snapshot of the contribution of women to epilepsy research…

Dr Sukhvir Wright is investigating autoimmune-associated epilepsy, a condition in which seizures can be caused by the body’s immune system interfering with brain cells. In this Research Blog, Dr Wright explains how an Epilepsy Research UK Emerging Leader Fellowship helped researchers gain an understanding of how autoimmune-associated epilepsies work, as well as aiding the search for targeted treatments.

You can read Dr Sukhvir Wright’s blog here.

Epilepsy advocate Annie Brooks runs an award-winning travel and fitness blog, where she speaks openly about her personal experiences with epilepsy. In this piece, Annie shared her story and discussed the many aspects of life with epilepsy, including her diagnostic journey and the impact of living with complex partial seizures.

You can read Annie’s blog here.

Dr Anne Coxon is an Epilepsy Research UK Trustee and former Scientific Advisory Committee member. Dr Coxon’s daughter Katherine lives with a severe form of epilepsy called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. In this piece, Anne shares their story and what research means to her.

You can read Dr Anne Coxon’s blog here.

Dr Charlotte Tye was awarded the Epilepsy Research UK & Autistica Fellowship for a study investigating brain-based predictors of autism in infants with epilepsy, which will begin this year. In this blog, Dr Tye tells us about her current project which is assessing the impact of the pandemic on families of children with rare genetic and neurodevelopmental disorders, many of whom also have epilepsy.

You can read Dr Charlotte Tye’s blog here.

Dr Rebecca Bromley, a Neuropsychologist and researcher at the University of Manchester, has been an important contributor to the study of antiepileptic medications in pregnancy for over 15 years. In her blog, Dr Bromley discusses the journey in recognising the risks associated with sodium valproate, and how patient campaigning and Epilepsy Research UK-funded research helped bring about vital change.

You can read Dr Rebecca Bromley’s blog here.

Bec Hanley is an expert in charity Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) and facilitates the Charities Research Involvement Group. Made up of UK research charities, the group aims to encourage shared learning about research involvement to ensure that PPI is both effective and meaningful. In this blog, Bec discusses the value of PPI in charity-funded research and its huge potential impact.

You can read Bec’s blog here.

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