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Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy

Very rarely, people with epilepsy can have a seizure (usually a convulsion) and die soon after.  This tragic event is known as Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP).  


In order to work towards preventing SUDEP, we need a better understanding of how and why it happens. 


We are searching for genes that may increase risk of SUDEP with Prof Chis Semsarian, cardiologist, and Dr Richard Bagnall, genetic scientist, from the Centenary Institute in Sydney.

A/Prof Chris Reid at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health is conducting laboratory studies to understand what may lead to death following a seizure and seeking to find treatments that might protect at-risk patients.

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