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Investigating the Genetic Basis of Myoclonic Astatic Epilepsy (Doose syndrome)

Myoclonic astatic epilepsy (MAE), or Doose syndrome, is a rare severe childhood epilepsy associated with unspecific developmental problems. Many studies suggest a strong genetic basis for MAE. However, the actual genetic make up for MAE is unknown. The purpose of this study is to:

  • Find the genes influencing the genetics of MAE
  • Describe the developmental and behavioural problems in children with MAE

When will this study be recruiting?

We are recruiting now until February 2017.

What will participants be asked to do?

Participants diagnosed with MAE who live in the UK will be asked to donate a blood or saliva sample for genetic analysis. Children who live in London and the South East may be invited to take part in developmental and behavioural assessments. Family members may also be invited to take part in EEG studies and to donate a blood or saliva sample.

Who can take part?

Any adult or child diagnosed with MAE and relevant family members.

Who is conducting the research?

Dr. Shan Tang, Specialist Registrar in Paediatric Neurology at St. Thomas’ Hospital and Clinical Research Fellow at King’s College London. Dr. Tang will be working under the supervision of Professor Deb Pal and Dr Michael Simpson.

Who has reviewed this study?

This study is supported by the Medical Research Council. Ethics approval has been obtained by the Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Research Ethics Committee


If you would like to find out more, please contact Dr Shan Tang by email: shan.tang@kcl.ac.uk or by phone at 020 7848 0608.

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