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Can you help? Brain function in Rolandic epilepsy

27 Sep 2012

Rolandic epilepsy (RE) is a common childhood epilepsy in which seizures involve the mouth and face. It is also known as Benign Epilepsy with Centrotemporal Spikes (BECTS). Many children with this condition also have difficulties with attention, language and speech. These problems are not very well understood at the moment.

A research team at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London are trying to learn more about these issues in RE. The team is using advanced brain scans and genetic tests. The scans can show how different parts of the brain work and how they are connected.

Dr Colm McGinnity is leading the study. He would like UK adolescents with RE and their families to help by taking part in the study. Colm says: ‘’Please help. It’s fun and interesting – you can learn about your abilities or those of your child. You will also help us discover more about epilepsy. Travel and other expenses will be paid.’’      

What will participants be asked to do?

Happy childrenParticipants (including brothers or sisters) will be asked to have two MRI scans, one or two years apart. They will also be asked to do several tests – including language and IQ tests – and complete some questionnaires. All families are also invited to provide a DNA (blood or saliva) sample (this is optional).

Who can take part?

  • Adolescents (between 10 and 14 years of age) with RE
  • Siblings of adolescents with RE
  • Adolescents (between 10 and 14 years of age) without a family history of epilepsy

Please note: Everyone taking part should live in the UK, be right-handed and speak English as their first language.
If you are interested, please contact Dr Colm McGinnity by calling 0207 848 5162 or emailing colm.mcginnity@kcl.ac.uk  MR

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