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Epilepsy Foundation Plans to Award Up to $200K in Grants to Drive Development of Innovative Therapies for People with Epilepsy

September 3, 2019 — Epilepsy Foundation today announced it is accepting letters of intent for its 2020 New Therapy Commercialization Grant program and Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence. The Foundation plans to award up to $200,000 to leading scientists and start-up companies to fund the development of new therapies, including but not limited to medicines, biologics or devices. In addition, Epilepsy Foundation will award the Epilepsy Innovation Seal of Excellence to a company that is highly innovative, meets the Foundation’s standards of excellence, and addresses an unmet need in the epilepsy community. Learn more.

The Healthcare System Aims to Improve Outcomes for Everyone Living with Epilepsy

June 17, 2019 — Today, the Epilepsy Foundation and its partners announced the launch of the Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System (ELHS), a multi-stakeholder collaboration to improve outcomes by implementing best practices and continual learning. The ELHS is designed to gather data about people with epilepsy from clinics around the country and analyze it centrally to identify practices that lead to better outcomes. Data collected include diagnosis, evaluation and care from healthcare providers, as well as information about seizure frequency, treatment side effects, comorbidities, self-management, and quality of life from people with epilepsy and their care partners. Learn more.

Epilepsy Foundation Aims to Create a Map for the Brain to Better Track Seizure Activity

April 15, 2019  — The Epilepsy Foundation today announced it is accepting proposals that seek to test novel, unconventional ideas for creating individualized brain networking maps for epilepsy. Proposals that test ideas for overcoming major methodological or technical challenges in network modeling for epilepsy are also encouraged. This initiative, known as My Brain Map, is part of the Foundation's Epilepsy Innovation Institute (Ei2), which is planning to fund innovative, multi-scale approaches to brain mapping. Learn more.

Epilepsy Foundation Awards $300,000 in Grants to Support the Commercialization of Two Novel Approaches for the Treatment of Epilepsy

January 22, 2019 — The Epilepsy Foundation today announced it has awarded New Therapy Commercialization Grants totaling $300,000 to leading scientists with the goal of accelerating the development of therapies for those living with poorly controlled seizures. One grant was awarded to Matthew Gentry PhD, professor at the University of Kentucky and the other to Greg Worrell MD, PhD, professor of neurology and chair of clinical neurophysiology at Mayo Clinic. Learn more.

Epilepsy Foundation’s Vice President of Research & New Therapies Honored at the American Epilepsy Society Annual Meeting 2018

December 7, 2018 — Epilepsy Foundation’s Vice President of Research & New Therapies, Brandy Fureman, Ph.D., was recently honored with the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 2018 Distinguished Service Award at the AES Annual Meeting in New Orleans. This award recognizes outstanding service by an AES member in the field of epilepsy (including non-educational and non-scientific) with an emphasis on exemplary contributions to the welfare of AES and its members. Learn more.

Epilepsy Foundation Awards $3 Million Grant to International Team of Scientists to Improve Seizure Forecasting

October 10, 2018 — The Epilepsy Foundation announced it has awarded a $3 million grant to an international team of scientists, researchers and interoperability experts to evaluate biosensors that can track an individual’s physiology, behavior, and environment to improve seizure prediction. Team members from King’s College London, Mayo Clinic, and Seer Medical/The University of Melbourne will evaluate biosensors in a range of commercially available devices. Learn more.

Epilepsy Foundation Brings Innovative Solutions to Market

September 19, 2018 —The Epilepsy Foundation today announced a call for entries to its 8th annual competition, where innovators pitch ideas for products, technologies or therapeutic concepts that will directly benefit people living with epilepsy. An initiative of the Foundation’s Epilepsy Therapy Project that was inspired by the television show “Shark Tank,” competition finalists will try to convince a panel of judges and the audience that their idea and business plan is worthy of an investment. Learn more.

Coach Jerry Kill to Host Intercepting Epilepsy Benefit to Raise Funds for the Epilepsy Foundation

July 2, 2018 — Former Southern Illinois University football coach Jerry Kill ("Coach Kill") is hosting the Intercepting Epilepsy Benefit on Saturday, July 14, at the Chicago O'Hare Loews Hotel in Rosemont, IL. The event aims to raise awareness about epilepsy and seizures and raise money for the Epilepsy Foundation's Epilepsy Innovation Institute (Ei2). Ei2 is leading the charge to create an individualized seizure gauge that will allow a person with epilepsy to monitor the likelihood of a seizure on a daily basis. Learn More

New Research Study for Treatment of Focal Epilepsy Launched

April 24, 2018 — The Epilepsy Foundation today announced the launch of a new Human Epilepsy Project study of focal seizures to better understand the long-term challenges of living with focal seizures and determine biomarkers of epilepsy severity and treatment response. The biomarkers research study, HEP2, will monitor 200 people with treatment-resistant focal seizures over a two-year period to measure changes in seizure frequency, treatments used, presence of comorbidities — such as depression and anxiety — healthcare costs, and quality of life. HEP2 is the second in a group of registry-based studies called the Human Epilepsy Project, a joint initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation and the Epilepsy Study Consortium to improve the care of people with epilepsy. Learn More

Epilepsy Innovation Institute Announces A New Area of Focus

April 10, 2018 — The Epilepsy Innovation Institute will be leading an effort to better define an individual’s brain network. We want to create a Google Map for your brain that highlights your unique brain traffic pattern. With this map, we can better identify the routes your seizure could take, where the potential traffic jams might be, and how activity can get re-routed in the brain during those situations. Our purpose is to better define an individual’s brain network to enhance diagnosis and care. Learn More

Epilepsy Foundation is awarded a Learning Healthcare System Grant 

April 4, 2018 — In 2018, the Epilepsy Foundation was awarded a PCORNet Learning Health System Network Pilot Collaborative grant to establish an Epilepsy Learning Healthcare System. We envision a healthcare system in which we learn from every person with epilepsy, and in turn, improve outcomes for everyone with epilepsy. We can do this by regularly collecting information about patient diagnosis, evaluation and care from doctors and hospitals, then gathering and analyzing it centrally in a standardized way. Learn More

Epilepsy Foundation Announces Winners of Shark Tank

March 5, 2018 — The Epilepsy Foundation announced the winners of the 2018 Shark Tank Competition for innovative ideas in epilepsy and seizure treatment and care on February 22, 2018, at the 2018 Epilepsy Foundation Pipeline Conference in San Francisco, California. Winners will use the award money to accelerate their product from idea to market in a timeframe that matters for people with epilepsy. Learn More. 

Epilepsy & Behavior Research Articles

  • In 2015, epilepsy.com partnered with the journal Epilepsy & Behavior to get access to newly released journal articles. Our editors select 2 research articles a month, and summarize them for the community. Click here to learn about the latest research.   

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Epilepsy Foundation Epilepsy & Behavior Research Editorials in 2017  

Innovative Approachs to Epilepsy Research

  • "Progress in science emerges in two ways; in incremental steps through experiments that build a solid foundation of knowledge, and in innovative breakthroughs that dramatically redefine the scientific landscape. Both approaches are needed, and progress emerges when a healthy dynamic exists between the two." Read more »

People with Epilepsy as Partners in Research

  • "There is a transformation underway in the research ecosystem; the advent of patient engagement in determining the focus, design, and conduct of research studies and dissemination of their results. This means that the roles of patients and caregivers are changing from research "subjects" to research partners." Read more »

Epilepsy Matters: A Research Roundtable for Epilepsy

  • "The Research Roundtable in Epilepsy (RRE) is a new endeavor of the Epilepsy Foundation that is designed to bring together industry, academic, and regulatory partners to discuss solutions to current regulatory issues in developing new therapies for the epilepsies."  Read more »

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Launch of Ei2

Epilepsy Innovation Institute Announces A New Area of Focus  (Tuesday, April 10, 2018)

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 — The Epilepsy Innovation Institute will be leading an effort to better define an individual’s brain network. We want to create a Google Map for your brain that highlights your unique brain traffic pattern. With this map, we can better identify the routes your seizure could take, where the potential traffic jams might be, and how activity can get re-routed in the brain during those situations. Our purpose is to better define an individual’s brain network to enhance diagnosis and care. Learn More