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Purple Day: Survey to assess epilepsy research capacity plus new webinar series launched

This Purple Day, we are proud to launch a survey which aims to assess the current capacity in epilepsy research. To coincide with the launch, today’s inaugural Epilepsy Research Institute Insights webinar will focus on the topic of building a thriving research ecosystem, including why the survey is needed and its importance. Sign up at the link below and join us at 12pm today (26th March) to find out more.

Currently, we understand there are an estimated 600 researchers working in epilepsy in the UK, less than 10% of the number of researchers working in dementia. By building an infrastructure that supports research, encourages shared learning and nurtures talent, the Epilepsy Research Institute is harnessing enabling technologies, fostering collaborations and attracting early career researchers. 

The input of the research community is vital in informing the development of the Institute’s infrastructure. The survey, which is being carried out as part of the Institute’s Capacity Building strategic research theme, aims to clarify the current capacity in epilepsy research to ensure we start from the correct baseline. It will also explore the facilitators and barriers to engaging with and undertaking research.

The Institute wants to hear from: 

  • Researchers currently working in epilepsy

  • Researchers who have previously worked in epilepsy 

  • Researchers or clinicians who have never worked in epilepsy 

Survey deadline: Tuesday 28th May 2024


Professor Torsten Baldeweg, Dr Sukhvir Wright and Dr James Mitchell are leading the Institute’s Capacity Building research theme. The researchers will be sharing more about the need for the survey and what they hope it will achieve for epilepsy research in our Epilepsy Research Institute Insights webinar at 12pm today (26th March).  

We’ll also hear from Epilepsy Research Institute Trustee, Abbie Fearon, who will share her experiences of living with epilepsy and the important work the Institute is doing to strengthen the epilepsy research ecosystem.  

The session is open to everyone, so whether you are researching epilepsy, living with the condition or just interested to learn more, we hope you can join us at midday today (Tuesday 26th March.) 


If you enjoy our webinars and would like to see more in the future, please consider making a donation this Purple Day. Our work, including the work of our strategic research themes, would not be possible without your support. With your help, together we will radically advance research into epilepsy.  

We understand times are tough for many people currently, so if a donation is not possible, please find other ways you can get involved here.  

And to all those fundraising today by dressing up, baking or sharing their #PurrpleDayPets pics, THANK YOU and don’t forget to tag us on social media so we can celebrate your efforts!

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