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Dr. Lhatoo awarded Grant to Study Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Friday, August 31, 2012

Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE)has awarded a grant to Samden Lhatoo, MD, Director, Epilepsy Center, UH Neurological Institute, and a team of physicians and researchers around the world to study sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

Dr. Lhatoo and his team were given a Rock the Block for Pediatric Epilepsy Research Award for “The Brain in Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) - New Insights from Pathology:”

"Successful, rational, prevention strategies ultimately come from better understanding of the causes and mechanisms of disease. By definition, SUDEP is unexplained: we do not know why it happens, which currently makes prevention very difficult. SUDEP occurs when the brain is affected by epilepsy, and it may relate to individual seizures. We possess a unique archive of brain tissue from people who died of SUDEP and others who did not. We plan to examine and compare these brains in detail, and determine whether there are differences that can give us clues to the cause of SUDEP."

CURE was founded by parents of children with epilepsy who were frustrated with their inability to protect their children from the devastation of seizures and the side effects of medications. Unwilling to sit back and accept the debilitating effects of epilepsy, these parents joined forces to spearhead the search for a cure.

CURE’s mission is not only driven by the pressing need for scientific research and data, but by the painful struggle of families who suffer from epilepsy worldwide.

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