Epilepsy affects at least 5% of the population at some time in their lives. In many twin pairs, both have experienced a seizure, while in others, only one may have suffered an episode.
By studying twins and individuals with no family history of epilepsy, and also families where more than one person has experienced seizures, the researchers hope to gain a better understanding of the genetic relationships and improve understanding of the mechanisms that cause epilepsy.
What is involved?
A short questionnaire followed by interviews with the twins’ parent/guardian (if under 18) and if appropriate, the twins themselves.
The twins will be asked to provide a blood sample, which can be taken at your local pathology (in cases where blood cannot be taken, a saliva or cheek cell sample may be collected, which can be easily done in your own home).
Who is eligible?
Any same sex twin or triplet where at least one has experienced a seizure.