Epilepsy research results in seizure-free living for many
Today, 42 Canadians will learn that they have epilepsy. Approximately 300,000 Canadians now live with this neurological disorder, a condition that causes sudden bursts of hyperactivity in the brain and reveals itself in the form of seizures.
Dr. W. McIntyre (Mac) Burnham, President of Epilepsy Canada and a member of the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Toronto, is one of the leaders in the fight to find a cure for epilepsy. He says that research efforts are showing promise for new ways to treat and manage the condition. “I can point to three specific areas where there is reason for hope,” he said.
- Several new anticonvulsant drugs have been introduced in the past few years which are proving to be successful in managing many patients’ conditions.
- Clinical trials of new dietary supplements are moving forward: if successful these hold the promise of providing new options for controlling seizures through diet.
- And advances are being made in the use of Deep Brain Stimulation to control seizures. “
Epilepsy Canada is our country’s only national organization with the mission to enhance the quality of life for persons affected by epilepsy through the promotion and funding of research. It receives no government funding and relies entirely on private and corporate donations to achieve its goals.
Each year, Epilepsy Canada awards research grants to doctors and students, to advance our knowledge about epilepsy. If you would like to help, I urge you to visit the Epilepsy Canada online donations website.
Epilepsy has been dubbed “The Silent Disorder”, because many concerned about the stigma that surrounds it, are reluctant to speak out. March is Epilepsy Month, a good time to break the silence. During Epilepsy Awareness Month I invite everyone to learn more about epilepsy and the benefits that epilepsy research is bringing to those who must live with the disorder. Visit the Epilepsy Canada website or connect with them on Facebook or Twitter.