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Scientific research

MREA is lucky to have close links with the Epilepsy Research Group at the University of Liverpool, benefiting from their years of experience and research in the clinical trials of anti-epileptic drugs, neuroimaging and genetics. We believe that scientific research holds the key to improving the lives of those that live with epilepsy.

The Liverpool Epilepsy Research group works closely with local NHS Trusts, particularly the Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust to deliver high quality patient-orientated research.

Research in the Mersey Region

Locally World class

There is a great deal of research on epilepsy taking place within Merseyside, much of it undertaken by the Epilepsy Research Group at the University of Liverpool led by Professor Tony Marson. 

The research ranges from looking at genetic markers for epilepsy through to examining how healthcare systems are designed.

Trustees of the MREA are involved in this research — find out more.


Neuroimaging research in epilepsy in Liverpool is led by Dr Simon Keller. Most of this research is performed using MRI scans of the brains of people with epilepsy. Simon leads the Liverpool Brain Research using Advanced Imaging in Neurology (BRAIN) lab.

Clinical Trials

The standard and new anti-epileptic drugs (SANAD) clinical trials were designed to identify the most effective and cost-effective treatment for patients with epilepsy.Read the conclusions from the first trial, which were published in the lancet.


Twitter feed

The science and research community are very active on Twitter, it’s a great way of interacting with our audience and keeping up to date with all the developments in the field.

Follow MREA and get all the latest news, events and information on epilepsy, collated from our followers and collaborators.


Consideration is given to adults and children, from the presentation of first seizure to long-term outcomes of epilepsy surgery.

Teenage years are complicated enough as it is, so we have prepared a companion guide for you to help find out about epilepsy.

From Diagnosis to Treatment, Employment to Education, advice for work and homelife — our guide has got you covered.