15 Nov 2018

Congratulations to Piero Perucca on Viertel Award

Dr Piero Perucca
Congratulations to Dr Piero Perucca in the Department of Neuroscience, CCS, on the winning of a Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation Clinical Investigator award. It is a one-off grant of $85,000 to investigate the genetic contribution to focal epilepsies.

Focal epilepsies are the most common forms of epilepsy. In most people with these conditions, no cause can be found for their seizures. This project will study whether these people have in fact a type of epilepsy which runs within families, and whether they carry a gene which is responsible for their seizures. Finding a genetic cause for a person’s epilepsy is important for choosing the most appropriate treatment, and can lead to discovering new personalised therapies.

See more about Piero and his research at research.monash.edu/en/persons/piero-perucca
He is a Senior Research Fellow in Professor Patrick Kwan's group, www.monash.edu/medicine/ccs/neuroscience/research/kwan-group.

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