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

Isabelle Beuchat
Pia De Stefano

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

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

Laudatio (deutsch)

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

Research Report (English)

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