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New epilepsy research base opened
EPILEPSY Society medical directors past and present joined forces to open the Chalfont St Peter-based charity’s new £3.4 million research centre.
The new state-of-the-art centre will feature some of the most advanced research tools in the whole of Europe after being officially opened on Friday.
This includes the UK’s only DNA sequencer dedicated to epilepsy, which has the potential to revolutionise the way the condition is diagnosed and treated based on a person’s DNA.
The opening was marked by the burial of a time capsule which will stay underground until the charity’s 150th birthday in 2042.
Top epileptologists Dr Jolyon Oxley, Prof Simon Shorvon, Prof John Duncan and present day medical director, Prof Ley Sander, welcomed the development at the research centre at the charity’s Chesham Lane base.
Prof Sander said: "Epilepsy Society has been helping people with epilepsy since it was first founded in 1892, treatments and knowledge have improved dramatically during this time, but there is still a long way to go. "
The renovated research centre will hold a spacious laboratory, four new consulting rooms, offices, a library, seminar room and video conferencing.
The transition was made possible with the generosity of charitable trusts and donors.
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