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£2.1m funding received for research into rare childhood disease

Posted in Awards & Appointments on 1st May 2019

Professor Dimitri Kullmann, Professor of Neurology at UCL, Queen Square has received £190,404 from Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity and Sparks, the children’s medical research charity, to fund research into the advancement of treatment into epilepsy. This is part of a £2.1 million investment into child health research projects across the UK led by the two charities. This injection of funds in to paediatric research will provide a huge boost to an area of research that is severely underfunded.

Professor Dimitri Kullman is developing a new technique to correct the genetic mistake responsible for focal cortical dysplasia (FCD), the most common cause of drug-resistant epilepsy in children. The treatment aims to stop a child’s seizures, which in many cases cannot currently be helped by drugs or surgery. The £2.1 million will support 12 pioneering projects researching some of the most difficult and hard to treat childhood diseases. For more information visit: www.ucl.ac.uk