The Response: EPLINK - The Epilepsy Discovery Program
The disorder causes seizures of varying kinds and intensity. But people with epilepsy must also live with other devastating results of their illness: the social stigma associated with seizures, difficulty finding employment, loss of driving privileges, cognitive decline and memory impairment, and higher mortality rates. The cost to society is also significant. A recent study estimated that the Ontario economy loses $319 million every year in lost productivity due to epilepsy.
The Ontario Brain Institute challenged neuroscientists across the province to come up with a new approach to addressing epilepsy, in the context of an Integrated Discovery program. “Integrated Discovery” is a unique template, developed by the OBI, that brings together researchers, clinicians, industry and patient advocates to maximize fresh insights and speed translation of those insights into better care.