This section is dedicated to keeping you updated on research in the epilepsy world. So much about epilepsy remains a mystery. One day we hope a cure for seizures will be found. Research studies need people with and without epilepsy to help solve this complicated disorder. Please see if you can help out with any of the research initiatives below.

The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project, Nationwide

EPGP is a research project funded by a federal grant from the National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to help understand epilepsy. The goals are to understand why some families have epilepsy and to help researches find more effective treatments for epilepsy. This study needs to enroll 6750 people so go to to see if you or someone you know are eligible to join this landmark study. You may also contact Dr. Edward Novotny at Seattle Children’s Hospital at 206-987-2078.

Drug Trials, UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center, Renton, WA

Led by principal researcher, Dr. David Vossler of the Neuroscience Institute at UW Medicine/Valley Medical Center in Renton, WA this study is held at the Rainier Clinical Research Center also located in Renton, WA. The research studies include:

  • SP982 (adjunctive Vimpat for generalized-onset seizures) enrolling Fall 2012.
  • 093-045 (monotherapy eslicarbazepine for partial-onset seizures) enrolling curently.
  • VX-11-465 (adjunctive anti-inflammatory medication for partial-onset seizures) enrolling currently.

People with epilepsy interested in participating in the trial should contact Carole Burton, RN or Catherine Talbot-Lawson, RN at Rainier Clinical Research Center at 425-251-1720.