One of our key objectives at Epilepsy Ireland is "to undertake, encourage and assist research into the causes of, cure for and management of epilepsy and into the social and psychological effects of the condition".
Our Research Funding Scheme was set up in 2009 to provide epilepsy researchers in Ireland with an avenue to access funding for work that furthered this objective.
In just seven years, much has already been achieved including:
- Nine high quality projects funded to date
- Seven of these projects jointly funded by the Health Research Board
- €920,000 invested
- Key genetic and gene activity discoveries made
- EI grants helped Irish research teams achieve major national/ international epilepsy research funding (www.epimirna.eu)
- Progress in understanding the causes of SUDEP
- Establishment of the Epilepsy Deaths Register for Ireland to stimulate SUDEP research
- Publications in key medical journals including Epilepsia; Nature Genetics; Brain; J Neuroscience; Lancet
- Presentations at key International Epilepsy Conferences such as the 2015 ILAE/IBE International Epilepsy Congress in Istanbul.
- Opportunities for researchers interested in psychosocial epilepsy research
- Research findings influencing Epilepsy Ireland education work as well as the future direction of health services
- Approx 7% of annual budget now invested in research funding
Thank you to all our supporters whose donations have enabled Epilepsy Ireland to fund this critical research