SUDEP Research Program

SUDEP, or Sudden Death from Epilepsy, is a fatal complication of epilepsy (PDF icon SUDEP Informational Handout).  The UIHC SUDEP research program seeks to understand the underlying causes of this tragic outcome in order to prevent it.  Please see the information below about key members, what epilepsy is, and who is leading the fight to help those suffering.  Also, we are proud to be a part of a new NINDS initiative called The Center for SUDEP Research, a Center Without Walls for Collaborative Research in the Epilepsies.  The SUDEP research program is associated with the Epilepsy subspecialty clinic.

Key Faculty

George Richerson, MD, PhD

Matt Howard, MD

Mark Granner, MD

Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD

Rup Sainju, MBBS

Brian Gehlbach, MD

Brian Dlouhy, MD


Key Staff

  • Deidre Dragon

Links and Informational Resources

Special thanks to the following individuals and groups for their support

  • Nate and Beth Tross
  • Razat Gaurav
  • The Iowa EFA and Roxanne Cogil
  • The National EFA (Epilepsy Foundation of America)
  • NINDS (National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
  • CURE (Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy)
  • PAME (Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy)
  • SUDEP Institute

March 26 is Purple Day, wear purple to show your support to patients and to spread awareness about epilepsy.  November is National Epilepsy Awareness Month.

If you are interested in donating to the SUDEP research program, please see our foundation website (see Epilepsy Fund).