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Understanding epilepsy better

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    What influences health outcomes for people with epilepsy? This is the crucial question to be tackled by a new collaboration between UCB and the Department of Neurology at Emory University School of Medicine (Atlanta, USA).

    The answer lies with the patient. Understanding the key drivers of positive outcomes for patients can help healthcare providers and researchers address gaps in care and improve outcomes further.

    The partnership between UCB and Emory University will analyse data on disease and subsequent clinical and economic health outcomes.

    In the first project launched under this cooperative initiative, investigators will use de-identified patient-level data from an administrative claims database to better understand characteristics of people living with epilepsy, including demographics.

    The collaboration is guided by a joint steering committee which includes researchers from Emory University and UCB experts.

    The Rollins School of Public Health Biostatistics Consulting Center, which specialises in comprehensive statistical consultation and computational services, will support the investigators in their analysis.

    Epilepsy is one of the most common diseases of the central nervous system yet experts acknowledge that there is significant unmet medical need faced by people with the disease. Understanding the drivers of outcomes will help fill the gaps.

    This is another example of UCB’s commitment to the open innovation model where partnership with scientists and academics can deliver evidence-based improvements for patients.

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