On January 5-7, 2021, the NIH/NINDS (National Institute of Health/ National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke) held the “Curing the Epilepsies 2021: Setting Research Priorities” conference in a virtual format. The goal of the conference was to guide updates to the current Epilepsy Research Benchmarks and Transformative Research Priorities with collaborative feedback from all the key stakeholders including expert scientists, clinicians, patients, and patient advocates. The revised benchmarks and priorities will guide the next 5-7 years of epilepsy funding and research.
The conference covered many topics including: targeting treatments for epilepsy, modeling the human epilepsies, biomarkers, using big data in research, and other topics in epilepsy that hold potential for transformative outcomes. If you are interested in reading more about what was discussed at the conference, DSF’s research coordinator, Dr. Veronica Hood, wrote a blog post detailing some of the most relevant presentations.