Curing the Epilepsies 2020: Setting Research Priorities

Epilepsy Research Benchmarks

The NINDS sponsored Curing Epilepsy conference series is held in partnership with epilepsy advocacy and nongovernmental organizations to critically examine the research progress in epilepsy research and to help set an agenda for years to come. An important and fruitful outcome of the discussions from the conference (2000, 2007, and 2013) has been the production of the Epilepsy Research Benchmarks, which reflect current priorities shared across the epilepsy community for clinically meaningful research advances in understanding and treating the epilepsies. Since their introduction in 2000, the Benchmarks have served as guideposts in the epilepsy research community by bringing attention to goals such as preventing epileptogenesis, addressing features of epilepsy beyond that of seizures, and confronting the challenge of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).

As part of the 2020 Curing the Epilepsies Conference, The AES Epilepsy Research Benchmarks Committee has updated and revised the Epilepsy Research Benchmarks and the community provided input via a crowdsourcing campaign. The AES Epilepsy Research Benchmark Stewards Committee will synthesize this input to provide a final version of the Benchmarks. 

2020 Epilepsy Research Benchmarks

I. Understand the causes of the epilepsies and their relationship to epilepsy-associated neurologic, psychiatric, and somatic conditions.

II. Prevent epilepsy and its progression.

III. Improve treatment options for controlling seizures and epilepsy-related conditions while limiting side effects.

IV. Limit, treat, or prevent co-occurring conditions associated with epilepsy across the lifespan in general and special epilepsy populations.

Click here for a detailed listing of the 2020 Epilepsy Benchmarks.

Click Here for Progress Review Manuscripts of the 2014 Epilepsy  Benchmarks: https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/epib/20/1_suppl


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