A UCLA-led international consortium of academic research institutions has been awarded a $21 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop better ways to prevent epilepsy following traumatic brain injuries. Over the course of the five-year grant, UCLA will receive $7.5 million from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. UCLA will be collaborating alongside five globally recognized institutions to identify biomarkers associated with the development of epilepsy and develop therapies for epilepsy. Epilepsy is a brain disorder that causes seizures, and it is often caused by traumatic brain injury. Studying epilepsy in the context of traumatic brain injury allows researchers to pinpoint specific biomarkers and understand how epilepsy develops from conception.
Source: UCLA will lead international study of epilepsy after traumatic brain injuries University of California News, 31 Jan 2017
Additional coverage about the grant:
UCLA researchers receive grant to study potential epilepsy treatments Daily Bruin, 8 Feb 2017