01-12-2017| Applications now closed for research call

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Epilepsy Ireland's call for research proposals is now closed after an unprecedented response.

We have been overwhelmed by the high calibre of applicants from universities and institutions around the country and we are delighted to see the ongoing enthusiasm and expertise within the country for engaging in high-quality epilepsy research.

With 15 applications in total, there are unfortunately far more applications than we can hope to fund, and a shortlisting process will now begin to identify which applications will progress to the next stage. We look forward to funding the most impactful proposals in 2018.

Proposals address important questions in a number of target areas including epilepsy in pregnancy; psychosocial effects of epilepsy; SUDEP; intellectual disability and rare epilepsies. We are also delighted to have received three applications on the potential of cannabinoids in treating epilepsy, a theme which was included in our call for the first time this year.

Epilepsy Ireland is committed to supporting Irish epilepsy research and since 2009, over €900,000 has been invested in a wide range of high quality projects, many in conjunction with the Health Research Board under the HRB/MRCG Joint Funding Scheme. After this research call, we hope to exceed the €1 million mark in 2018.

A massive thank you to all our supporters and donors who continue to support our efforts in researching causes, treatments and effects of epilepsy.