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Trinity group describe the first model of mitochondrial epilepsy

A Trinity College research group have made a revelation in epilepsy research by becoming the first group to describe a model of mitochondrial epilepsy. This raises the possibility of more effective therapies being developed in the future. The paper which outlines these findings was published in BRAIN, a peer reviewed journal of neurology.

Medtronic Announces U.S. Commercial Launch of Deep Brain Stimulation for Medically-Refractory Epilepsy

Medtronic plc recently announced both the U.S. launch of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for medically-refractory epilepsy and the first commercially implanted patient at Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, as many as 3.4 million Americans have epilepsy, with one-third estimated to be drug resistant.

The Links between Stress and Seizures

Professor Stafford Lightman at the University of Bristol began investigating the links between stress and seizures in 2014. This research is vital as although the association between stress and seizures has been noted it is still not fully understood. Lightman’s team from University of Bristol and the University of Exeter placed their focus on the research of cortisol.  This is a hormone that is released by the body in response to stress.

Show your support for Purple Day

Support Epilepsy Ireland by getting involved in ‘Purple Day 2019’ and hosting a purple themed event such as a Coffee Morning, Wear Purple to Work/School, Purple Run or create your own event.  You could also ask your local town hall to light up purple to raise awareness about epilepsy. To find out more, contact our Purple Day Coordinator Luke Meany on 01 4557500 or lmeany@epilepsy.ie

European Scientific Journal Highlights the Contribution of Irish Neurological Charities

A collaborative paper led by the Neurological Alliance of Ireland has been published in the European Journal of Neuroscience. “Building a Supportive Framework for Brain Research in Ireland” was developed by a project team led by the Neurological Alliance Executive Director Mags Rogers.