Epilepsy research and development

Research and developmentThe Wessex neurological centre has a national and international reputation for advanced practice and research, with world-leading research projects, audit and publications.

This compliments and advances practice in the assessment and treatment of people with epilepsy and ensures we meet national standards and targets. 

Our aim is to provide patients with evidence based advanced treatments, information, advice, support and a positive experience.

Professional responsibilities

Staff members of the epilepsy service currently are, or have served as:

  • A secretary of the UK branch of the international league against epilepsy
  • An associate editor for the European journal of epilepsy
  • A member of the scientific advisory committee of epilepsy research UK
  • A representative of the European association of neurosurgical societies on the European brain council.

Find out about our pioneering neurosurgery research, the developments led by our neuromedical team and the research activities and developments led by our neurophysiology team. 

Supporting chronic disease training in Ethiopia

Ethiopia doctors officeNeuro expert Dr Martin Prevett and his colleagues in Southampton have been working with the Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET) to provide support and training in a range of chronic diseases to medical staff in Ethiopian hospitals.

The Trust’s involvement in the African country has grown over the past ten years and recently became a formal arrangement following a project grant from the International Health Links Funding Scheme (IHLFS). Much of the work, which is led by SUHT’s epilepsy service and Professor David Phillips, an endocrinologist at the Medical Research Council’s epidemiology resource centre, focuses on the management of chronic non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as epilepsy, diabetes and rheumatic heart disease.

“These are common, but neglected, problems in less developed countries such as Ethiopia,” said Dr Prevett.

“We provide support and training for nurse-led clinics in rural health centres around Jimma in the south west of Ethiopia and around Gondar in the north west.”

More than 8,000 patients with epilepsy have been registered and started on treatment as part of this project, while many patients with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases are now benefiting.