What is EPICC?
EPICC is an affiliation of like-minded professionals supporting research into climate change and epilepsy.
"Climate change, with rising temperatures and humidity, will also increase the severity and frequency of extreme climate events and affect human disease risks. The consequent social and economic stresses and disruption will have major negative consequences on many aspects of health care. Many of the accompanying environmental, infrastructural and socioeconomic changes will adversely affect people with epilepsy." Sisodiya SM et al. Epilepsia Open (opens in external site)
EPICC is an affiliation of like-minded professionals involved in epilepsy who consider that climate change will likely have disproportionately adverse consequences for people with epilepsy. EPICC aims to encourage change from within the epilepsy community, and support research into climate change and epilepsy.
Find out how climate change looks around the world:
Scientists at the Epilepsy Society are already looking at how climate change is affecting people with severe epilepsy. But now they are also trying to find out how a fluctuation in temperature inside the charity's residential care homes could also impact seizures.
Did you know that seeing your doctor via a virtual clinic, rather than face-to-face, may be better for your health than you might have imagined? And, certainly better for the health of the planet.
During COP26, we launched EpiCC’s #TheEnvironMentalIssue, a living newspaper made from algae issued in partnership with The Herald (Scotland’s broadsheet newspaper). The issue was voted best campaign at the UN summit by PR Week UK.
The Epilepsy Society were delighted that our local MP, Sarah Green, chose to mention the effects of climate change on people with epilepsy in her first ever question to the Prime Minister.
Paige Dawkins, Social Media Officer at the Epilepsy Society, explains why she has started an internal initiative, 'EarthChat', to work with colleagues to raise awareness of the climate crisis and take steps to reduce the charity's impact.
Join us for one of the following events for more information on climate change and its possible effects on epilepsy, or health and healthcare more broadly:
Events coming soon...
EPICC, Epilepsy Climate Change
1. Sisodiya SM et al. Lancet Neurology 2019; 18:335–336.
2. Sisodiya SM et al. Epilepsia Open 2019; 4:524–536.
3. Watts N et al. Lancet 2018; 392:2479–514.
4. Seizures and Hot summers 10-08-20