Research Grant - 2009

Research Category: Epilepsy Award

Dr Kee Meng Tan was the recipient of Brain Foundation grant funding in 2009

Epilepsy Award

Epilepsy Award
HLA type and temporal lobe epilepsy
Dr Kee Meng Tan
Department of Neurology, Royal Melbourne Hospital
Funded By Michael Rogers Stirling Estate
Co-Investigators : Professor Terence O'Brien and Dr Brian Tait

Project Summary:

The epilepsies are a heterogeneous group of disorders, some inherited and some acquired. The pathogenesis of acquired epilepsies is likely to involve environmental factors and genetic susceptibility. This study forms part of a cluster of projects examining genetic influences on acquired epilepsies. These projects will test the hypothesis that variations in the immune/inflammatory response determine whether or not a patient will subsequently develop epilepsy following cerebral insult such as head injury or childhood febrile seizures. Variations in human leukocyte antigen (HLA) typing have been shown in a Turkish study to correlate with mesial temporal lobe epilepsy, and the Brain Foundation grant will allow similar testing to be performed on a larger scale in an ethnically different population.



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