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£190k research grant from Horsham-based charity

A Horsham-based charity is funding research into epilepsy.

Action Medical Research awarded a three-year grant of £190,057, enabling the Institute of Child Health in London to investigate the sophisticated scanning of children’s brains. The pioneering technique will help identify more children with epilepsy who will benefit from surgery.

Dr David Carmichael, who is leading the research, said: “It is vital that essential areas of the brain, such as those that control talking and walking, remain undamaged. But existing pre-surgical tests to identify these areas are often difficult to carry out or inconclusive in children, meaning we cannot offer surgery to everyone who may benefit.”

Television presenter Gaby Roslin is supporting a 5km run in aid of Action Medical Research, which has invested more than £100 million into vital medical research since 1952.

She said of Mums on the Run, a September 16 event in Buckinghamshire: “Get yourself in shape, bring the kids along to see you in action and know you’ve helped sick babies and children at the same time. Good luck mums!”

The run is open to all women, whether they are mothers or not. For more information or to sign up, visit www.action.org.uk/mumsrun

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