THE INCIDENCE AND GENETICS OF THE SEVERE INFANTILE EPILEPSIES

Grant number: 1055965 | Funding period: 2013 - 2016

Completed

Abstract

Severe epilepsies with frequent seizures and cognitive impairments in the first 18 months of life are known as ‘infantile epileptic encephalopathies’ (IEE). The cause of IEE is unknown in many patients, although presumed genetic. This study of patients with IEE in Victoria aims to describe the incidence of IEE, and understand the genetic causes of IEE. Understanding the causes of IEE will be the first step towards development of urgently-needed novel therapies for these devastating conditions.

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