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Spotlight on epilepsy: Cardiff University opens the door to its world-leading research

06 July 2011

Epilepsy sufferers and members of the Welsh public are being urged to sign-up for a flagship event designed to open the door to Cardiff University’s world-leading research.

The Epilepsy Open Day, organised by the University’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute and the Wales Epilepsy Research Network (WERN), will see the University’s leading epilepsy experts join clinicians, patients and campaigners from across Wales to highlight and discuss the latest developments.

Epilepsy is one of Wales’ most common neurological conditions with an estimated 1,500 people diagnosed every year. The Epilepsy Open Day is designed for sufferers, carers, campaigners and anyone interested in the condition to come together and hear and discuss our latest clinical and non-clinical research into epilepsy.

The day consists of a series of short talks with opportunities for people to discuss, ask and chat through their questions or concerns.

Key University speakers at the event include: Dr Khalid Hamandi, Consultant Neurologist, School of Medicine, will discuss epilepsy and brain imaging; Professor Vincenzo Crunelli, School of Biosciences, will discuss his Cellular Neuroscience research; and Professor Mike Kerr, School of Medicine, will discuss the link between epilepsy and learning disabilities.

Professor Mark Rees, Director of the Wales Epilepsy Research Network (WERN), will open the event with patients and campaigners from Epilepsy Action Cymru providing an important patient insight.

The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in the condition – although places are limited. The event takes place on Monday 11th July between 9.45 and 1.45 at the University’s Glamorgan Building, Committee Rooms 1 and 2.

Further information or to register for the event, please contact: Catherine Hortop on 029 20 687906 or e-mail:



Cardiff University
Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, University President Professor Sir Martin Evans.

Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Three major new Research Institutes, offering radical new approaches to neurosciences and mental health, cancer stem cells and sustainable places were announced by the University in 2010.