Climate breakdown and health: biology and climate science in epilepsy

Sanjay Sisodiya (primary)
Dept of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
Aideen Foley (secondary)
Birkbeck College


Climate breakdown is acknowledged as the single greatest effect and challenge of the Anthropocene era. Its effect on human health and disease is predicted to be potentially overwhelming. Epilepsy is the most common serious chronic brain disease. The effect of climate breakdown on epilepsy has not been studied. Working with large-scale data from climate projections, downscaled to local regions, directly-recorded data on variation in seizures and comorbidities with current temperature patterns, and large-scale genomic data, the student will develop models for likely effects of climate breakdown on disease biology in epilepsy, laying foundations for targeted healthcare responses.


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