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We currently have two research projects that span seven low-and middle-income countries. Through ethnographic research and technological innovation we aim to reduce the epilepsy diagnostic and treatment gaps.

Epilepsy Pathway Innovation in Africa Meeting in Moshi, Tanzania, 2023

There remain vast disparities in the care received by patients with epilepsy around the world. We fundamentally believe in better access to good health care for all people with epilepsy and that more needs to be done to close the diagnostic and treatment gap. There are multiple research aims we are working towards. A few key workstreams are listed below. 

Oral History Research 

We have conducted oral history interviews with over 100 people with epilepsy over multiple countries to understand the lived experience of epilepsy. This research has informed the designs and development of our epilepsy diagnostic technologies. We have also studied the impact of epilepsy on marriage in Zimbabwe. 

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Electroencephalogram (eeg) development 

Our biomedical engineering team have iteratively developed EEG prototypes to overcome barriers to epilepsy diagnosis in diverse and rural communities across the world. Our designs have provided novel solutions, all in collaboraration with clinicians and people with epilepsy in our site communities.

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Diagnostic companion mobile application

We are developing a mobile health application that can be used in diverse communities to inform epilepsy diagnosis. Our app is currently being tested in Kenya and Ghana, with plans to expand to all our country sites in the upcoming years.  

For more details see our specific research pages

Epilepsy Pathway Innovation in Africa 

Oxford Martin School Programme on Global Epilepsy