The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project
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The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP) is a large-scale, international, multi-institutional, collaborative research project, sponsored by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, designed to understand the genes that cause common and rare epilepsies. The overall goal of EPGP is to collect detailed, high quality phenotypic (i.e., characteristics of individuals, from the molecular level to the whole person) information on persons with epilepsy and to compare the phenotypic information with genomic information. 27 clinical centers enrolled more than 4,100 participants of families with epilepsy. EPGP will provide a resource that may lead to many discoveries related to the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy, including the eventual development of new therapies based on a better understanding of causes of the disorder.