Research arising from a Child Brain Research seed-funded study has led to the successful award of a prestigious clinical research training fellowship to Dr Amy McTague at UCL Institute of Child Health.
The award from the Medical Research Council (MRC) (worth £190,006) will allow Dr McTague (pictured right) and her colleagues (Dr Manju Kurian left) to continue their ground breaking research into the genetics of early onset childhood epilepsy.
Dr McTague says “the grant from CBR was invaluable in allowing me to generate preliminary data which was key in showing the MRC that we can get results. Now we can really take this project forward to answer fundamental questions about the genetics and thus the disease basis of this family of childhood epilepsies. Specifically I will be using different functional techniques to investigate a novel gene causing early onset epilepsy, which we have recently identified. Our ultimate aim is to understand the way in which the brain dysfunctions in these severe epilepsies with a long-term goal of developing new treatments and improving outcome.”