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Can dogs predict seizures?

Study title

Can dogs predict seizures?


Queen's University, Belfast, UK

About the study

Researchers want to explore whether dogs can predict the onset of epileptic seizures

When will this study be recruiting?

It is recruiting now, until December 2018

What will participants be asked to do?

You will be asked to complete a questionnaire, which should take about 10-20 minutes.  Your answers will be treated confidentially, and you do not have to give your name, unless you want to.

The questionnaire asks for information about:

  • You and your household
  • Your epilepsy 
  • Whether you own a dog
  • Your dog
  • How your dog(s) respond to you when you have a seizure

This is an ongoing project. If you would be interested in participating in further studies, you can indicate this at the end of the survey.

Who can take part?

You can take part if you:

  • Have a medically confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy

Note: you do not have to own a dog to take part

If you are under the age of 16, you should complete the questionnaire with the consent and help of your parents/guardians.

Who is conducting the research?

Neil Powell, PhD student, under the supervision of Professor Peter Hepper.

Who has reviewed this study?

Approval has been granted by the Queen’s University of Belfast Psychology Ethics Committee and Indemnity and Insurance by Queens University Belfast


Fill out the questionnaire

If you prefer to complete a paper version of the questionnaire, please contact Professor Peter Hepper:

Email Professor Hepper

Address: School of Psychology,
Queens University
Belfast, BT7 1NN

Event Date: 
Tuesday 12 May 2015 - 13:49

Comments: read the 4 comments or add yours


Am always interested in taking part in research, but live in South Africa.

Are we able to participate?

Thank you.


Submitted by Lesley Donnelly on

Hi Lesley     

At Epilepsy Action, we are happy to support researchers all over the world. This is providing that the research is in the interests of our members, clients and stakeholders and will not compromise the organisation in any way.

The criteria that is listed on the website for people to take part in the projects is provided by the individual researchers. If there are any projects that are of particular interest to you, you could contact the researcher and ask if you would be eligible to take part.

Thank you for your interest!

Submitted by Amanda-Epilepsy... on

Hi Amanda,

Thank you for your response.

I have contacted Professor Hepper direct.


Submitted by Lesley Donnelly on

Hi! My 10 years old son has a Benign childhood focal epilepsies since he was 5. Our doctors from Padova (italy) told us that if nothing happens for 18 months it means that the injury was passed. Unfortunately yesterday (after 31 months) he got a small crisis going to sleep (after 30 minutes to slept). For this reason I'm writing you if I could apply to the research. Thanks

Submitted by Stefano Tombacco on