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Why Research?

Recent years have brought a number of promising trends in the field of epilepsy research. The community of epilepsy researchers is strong and growing, and recent scientific advances have provided renewed hope that a disease-modifying therapy or cure is within reach.

Research will lead us to a cure

For the 65 million people worldwide with epilepsy, progress is unacceptably slow. Children with uncontrollable seizures frequently face a lifetime of challenges including misunderstandings about epilepsy, discrimination, and other epilepsy-related problems. Mortality rates among people with epilepsy are three times the rate of the general population, and sudden death rates are more than twenty times higher.

The need for more research is clear:

  • One in twenty-six Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime.
  • An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy.
  • Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy.
  • In approximately two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
  • Epilepsy affects more people than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and Parkinson's combined – yet receives fewer federal dollars per patient than each of these.

Key Milestones in Epilepsy Research

Research is already making a difference.

Read these personal stories to see how research is helping to transform lives for those suffering from epilepsy.