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Early diagnosis and treatment centre opened

21 Feb 2013

The Princess RoyalThe UK’s first research centre aimed at early diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy has been opened.

The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre was opened on Tuesday 19 February by The Princess Royal. It is based at the University of Edinburgh.

The centre, which cost £1m, will work to develop medical and educational treatments to improve the lives of children with epilepsy. Researchers are also planning to look at whether a mother’s health and lifestyle can influence the chances of epilepsy in her child.

Centre Director Dr Richard Chin said: “We aspire to revolutionise research and clinical care in epilepsy on an unprecedented scale in the UK and beyond.”

The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre is funded by the Muir Maxwell Trust. The trust was set up by Ann and Jonny Maxwell in 2003 after their son was diagnosed with a severe form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.

Ann Maxwell said: “I believe that the work carried out at the Centre will lead to improved and better designed support for both the child and their family. I am proud that the Muir Maxwell Trust has been the catalyst to enable this to happen."



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