What we do

The Muir Maxwell Epilepsy Centre is a “centre without walls” and a hub for multidisciplinary collaboration across the University of Edinburgh.

Centre members include people with expertise in brain cell development, synaptic function, genetics, protein biochemistry, cell biology, brain imaging, clinical trials, neuropsychology, epidemiology, public health, informatics, and medical sociology.

Our centre aspires to revolutionise research and ultimately, clinical care, in epilepsy in the UK and beyond. We aim to encourage, foster and welcome interdisciplinary collaboration since only then can we truly address the many aspects of epilepsy. Professor Richard Chin, Centre Clinical Director and Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

As well as working with colleagues in Edinburgh we also collaborate with scientists around the world. By working together, we aim to progress the understanding of epilepsy, from communication between individual brain cells to the development of prevention strategies and new treatments.

The Centre’s motto is “No epilepsy, better epilepsy”.

In addition to innovative research into epilepsy, the Centre provides training opportunities for the next generation of researchers.


The Centre forms part of Edinburgh Neuroscience, alongside the Jennifer Brown Research LaboratorySimons Initiative for the Developing Brain, Salvesen Mindroon Research CentreAnne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic, the Euan MacDonald Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Research and the Patrick Wild Centre for Research into Autism, Fragile X Syndrome and Intellectual Disabilities.

Find out more

Learn more about the work and aspirations of the Centre from its clinical director, Professor Richard Chin.