Epilepsy Canada boosts the next generation of epilepsy researchers.
Epilepsy Canada has awarded two one-time research bursaries under its Summer Studentships Program. The recipients are Owen Wiseman of the University of Ottawa and Sophie Ehresmann of the Université de Montréal.
The purpose of Epilepsy Canada’s summer bursary program is to encourage outstanding students to pursue careers in epilepsy: in research or practice settings. The bursaries are intended for third and fourth year undergraduates earning a B.Sc., graduates in psychology, sociology, biochemistry and medicine.
Ms. Sophie Ehresmann, BA Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine studies described the support from Epilepsy Canada as “Amazing!” Ms. Ehresmann is working at CHU St Justine Montréal under the supervision of Dr. Phillippe Campeau. Recent work there has identified an epileptic syndrome apparently caused by mutations of a gene never before associated with the disorder. The Epilepsy Canada grant will help the study team confirm that the suspected mutations can in fact lead to epilepsy. This will lead to a number of positive outcomes to improve diagnosis and treatment
Mr. Owen Wiseman, BSc – Psychology, is examining the effects of a motivational exercise program, using peer-to-peer support, to increase physical activity and improve the quality of life for children with epilepsy. He is working on the study under the supervision of Daniela Pohl MD PHD at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. He commented, “People’s behavior has always interested me, so neurology became the only career choice for me as I progressed with my education.”
The results from both studies are expected to be known in late 2015.