Epilepsy Canada's mission is to find a cure for epilepsy through patient-focused research.
Epilepsy Canada is a registered Canadian charity dedicated to positively affecting the lives of those living with epilepsy. They raise monies for epilepsy research to find a cure. The need for further epilepsy research is highlighted by key issues, such as those related to uncontrolled seizures that can't be controlled with existing medication and treatments, and the tragic cases of SUDEP (Sudden Unexplained Death from Epilepsy). Epilepsy Canada's active financial support of epilepsy research aims to help the Canadian neurology community find a cure for epilepsy.
Approximately 360,000 Canadians live with epilepsy (about 1% of the population) and 65 million people worldwide.
In the last 10 years, Epilepsy Canada raised $4.3 million for investing in epilepsy research and other initiatives that will lead the way to a cure. They have awarded grants for novel research projects to prevent pediatric epilepsy, treatment-resistant epilepsies, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, temporal lobe epilepsy
These funding initiatives advance the search for a cure and the elimination of treatment side effects, and reversing problems caused by frequent seizures. To date, Epilepsy Canada has funded grants for young and established investigators, awarding more than 15 cutting-edge projects across the country.
According to recent estimates, the cause is unknown in up to 50% of patients diagnosed with epilepsy.