Research Recognition Award

With our annual Research Recognition Award of CHF 25,000 we support scientific projects. In this way we help improve the understanding of epilepsy and enable treatment processes to be derived or further developed.

“The start-up funding from the Epilepsy League has paid off enormously. We have learnt a great deal about the genetic causes of epilepsy and can now recognise many forms of epilepsy better and earlier. Moreover, this knowledge has enabled better, targeted treatment to be developed for some patients during several follow-up studies.” (Prof. Johannes Lemke, 2011 Research Grant recipient)

Call for applications

Laureates 2024

At equal parts:

«Neuromorphic real-time detection of patient-specific epileptiform patterns»
Filippo Costa (Universität Zürich) and Debora Ledergerber, Ph.D. (Klinik Lengg), Zurich

«Development of a pipeline to determine EEG connectivity on an individual level»
Eric Ménétré (Ph.D.), HUG, Genève

Press release

Filippo Costa, Debora Ledergerber, Eric Ménétré (l. to r.)


Filippo Costa, Debora Ledergerber, Eric Ménétré (l. to r.)

Marian Galovic

Laureate 2023

Longitudinal imaging as a biomarker of disease modification in epilepsy (LIBERO)
PD Dr. med. Marian Galovic, Universitätsspital Zürich

Press release

Laureates 2022

At equal parts:

Seizure biomarkers after non-epileptic events
Dr. med. Isabelle Beuchat, CHUV, Lausanne

Detection and outcome of early nonconvulsive status epilepticus following cardiac arrest
Dr. med. Pia De Stefano, HUG, Genève

Press release

Isabelle Beuchat
Pia De Stefano
Georgia Ramantani
Frederic Zubler

Laureates 2021

At equal parts:

Sleep homeostasis affects scalp HFO rates in pediatric epilepsy
PD Dr. Dr. Georgia Ramantani,  Universitätsspital Zürich

Deep-learning for EEG analysis: towards a clinical application
PD Dr. Dr. Frédéric Zubler, Inselspital Bern

Press release

Laureates 2020

Modulation of epileptic activity by closed-loop acoustic stimulation during sleep – a pilot study

Dr. med. Francesco Capecchi, PD Dr. med. Lukas Imbach, Universitätsspital Zürich (Photo: Christoph Stulz, USZ)

Press release (in German)

Laureate 2019

The absent mind – Neurocognition and sleep in young people with absence seizures

Dr. phil. Martina Hubacher, University Children’s Hospital Basel (UKBB)

Press release

Laureates 2018

Neuronal current imaging – the clinical application of a non-invasive MR-based investigation method to detect local epilepsy-related magnetic field inhomogeneities after a first epileptic seizure

Prof. Dr. med. Roland Wiest, Dr. phil. Claus Kiefer and Prof. Dr. med. Dr. sc. nat. Kaspar Schindler, Inselspital Bern

Photo, from left to right: Epilepsy League president Prof. Stephan Rüegg, award winner Prof. Roland Wiest and Dr. Klaus Meyer

Press release

Laureates 2017

Decreasing susceptibility of the epileptic networks by suppression of fast ripples in a mouse-model of temporal lobe epilepsy

Dr. Charles Quairiaux (photo), Dr. Abbas Khani and Prof. Christoph Michel, Department of Basic Neurosciences at the University of Geneva

Press release


Using closed-loop optogenetic intervention to investigate the mechanisms of epileptogenesis and its anti-epileptogenic effects in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy

Jean-Marc Fritschy (left), Tilo Gschwind
Universität Zürich

Press release

Laudation (English)


Quantitative Analysis of Simultaneous and Co-localized EEG-fNIRS Recordings in Patients with Interictal Epileptic Discharges – a Pilot Study

Christian Rummel


Modulation of cortical excitability and epileptic activity by neocortical glucose sensing neurons

Christophe Lamy


in equal parts

Lactate as a novel astrocytic modulator of euronal network activity in epileptic conditions

Jean-Yves Chatton

Diagnostischer Wert von Copeptin bei Fieberkrampf (EpiCop)

Benjamin Stöcklin


Einfluss von Hypsarrhythmie und Spike Waves auf den Slow Wave Schlaf bei Kindern mit Blitz-Nick-Salaam (BNS)-Epilepsie und Auswirkungen auf die kognitive Entwicklung im Alter von 18 Monaten

Bernhard Schmitt


Projekt zur Aufklärung genetischer Ursachen von autosomal-rezessiven Epilepsieerkrankungen.

Johannes Lemke


Projekt zur genetischen Typisierung von Patienten, die unter Fieberkrämpfen gelitten haben.

Pierre Lavenez


Role of the Innate Immune System in the Pathophysiology of Temporal Epilepsy

Jean-Marc Fritschy


Projekt mit funktionellem Sprach-MRI, Source EEG sowie neurologi­scher und neuropsychologischer Testung bei Kindern mit benigner Epilep­sie mit zentrotemporalen Spikes (BECTS) im Universitätskinderspital bei­der Basel (UKBB)

Alexandre Datta


Development of Quality of Life Inventory for Patients with Epilepsy in Switzerland

Anne.-Catherine Héritier Barras, Mary Kurian, Margitta Seeck


Role of Neurotrophins in Epilepsy

Swenja Landweer

Randomisierte Studie zur Behandlung von refraktärem Status epilepticus

Andrea Rossetti


Persönlichkeit und emotionales Erleben bei Epilepsiepatienten nach selektiver Amygdala-Hippokampektomie

Reinhard E. Ganz, Matthias Schmutz



Infuence of N-Acetylcysteine on Brain Glutathione and Taurine Levels in Healthy Controls and Patients with Focal Epilepsy measured wicht H MR-Spectroscopy

Susanne Müller