Research Volunteers

Why do we need Research Volunteers?

Researchers who are investigating epilepsy rely on people with epilepsy to volunteer their time to participate in their studies. Depending on the study, it may mean completing questionnaires, taking part in a phone interview or donating a blood sample. In the majority of cases, it won't be too time consuming to get involved.

When we receive research requests, we will post them below with detals & criteria.If you are a researcher looking for study participants, please email us at with details.

Can Dogs Predict Epileptic Seizures? - Neil Powell, Queens University Belfast (Request made September 2019)

For those of you in attendance at our National Conference, you will know that arguably one of the most talked about aspects of the day was Neil Powell's research on whether family dogs can predict seizures. Attendees were amazed at the early findings of Neil's research in that dogs are displaying a natural affinity for seizure prediction. You can read more on Neil's research goals here.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

In continuing his research, Neil is seeking sweat samples associated with seizures. For more information on how to participate, please contact Neil directly at


The Awesme Study: Adolescents with Epilepsy Self - Management Experience - Orla Mooney, Dublin City University (Request made January 2020)

Orla is a PHD student in DCU and it currently conducting this study in collaboration with the Children's Health Ireland at Temple Street. She has outlined the basis of her study below. Please contact Orla directly should you wish to partake in same.

What is this study about?

We are doing this study to find out about adolescents experiences of living with epilepsy and how they manage it themselves. We would like to talk to adolescents and/or parents/caregivers.

If I wish to provide consent for my adolescent to take part?

We would like to speak to adolescents aged 11 up to 18 years and who have a diagnosis of epilepsy for at least 6 months. Please read their information sheet so you are clear what is being asked of them. If you agree to their participation, please sign the informed consent form (parental approval). We will remind them that their participation is their choice (with parental approval). If your adolescent does not wish to take part, you can still take part.

If I decide to take part myself, what will I be asked to do?

We would like to speak to you as a parent of an adolescent aged 11 up to 18 years and who has a diagnosis of epilepsy for at least 6 months. We want to explore and understand epilepsy self-management during adolescence from the views of adolescents themselves and you, their parents/caregivers.

What type of questions will we be asked?

The interview will discuss, your adolescent’s epilepsy how it impacts on their daily life and how it is managed by them and you. The information gathered from the interviews will be used to identify what is most important to adolescents in relation to the self-management of their epilepsy.

How long will it take?

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to choose and take part in an online or a face-to-face interview for approximately 40 – 60 minutes long, depending on how much you wish to speak about. You will have a chance to ask questions before the interview itself.

What if we don’t want to take part?

We understand that not everyone will be interested in or have time to take part in our study. If either or both of you chose not to take part, this will in no way affect your adolescent’s treatment at their hospital.

What are my rights if I join the study?

Participation in the study is entirely voluntary and if you agree to participate you have the following rights:

The information from this study will be kept strictly confidential (you will be assigned a participant code) and this will not be made available to anyone except the research team. Only the research team have access to the coding.

As participation is completely voluntary, you are free to withdraw from the study at any time for any reason without explanation. You are also free to withdraw your data at the end of your participation if you want to.

You have the right to refuse to answer or respond to any question that is asked.

Under the Freedom of Information Act, you can have access to any information we store about you, if requested.Phone: DCU 01-7007997 or 085-2356674

Additionally, you can contact either of my supervisors at or


NUI Galway School of Medicine student Caoimhe Madden is seeking to hear from people with epilepsy about their experiences of general practices as part of the ASPIRE study.

The study is seeking to measure people's perception of "safety" in GP care. Safety for the purposes of this study refers to efforts made by the staff in the practice (doctors, nurses,receptionists etc) to prevent any mistakes happening in your care and to reduce the risk of any mistakes happening.

The ASPIRE study aims to establish whether there are differences in "safety" experience between those who have no long-term health conditions and those who are living with long-term conditions; such as epilepsy. 

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

You can complete the survey by clicking HERE.

If you have any questions or queries regardin this study, please contact Principal Investogator Caoimhe Madden by emailing