- Associated Press - Monday, December 1, 2014

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - University of Virginia researchers have received more than $21 million in grant funding to conduct a clinical trial of three seizure drugs.

The drugs are commonly used to treat a potentially deadly prolonged seizure called status epilepticus.

The university said Monday in a news release that the five-year trial’s goal is to determine which drug is best to use. Researchers also want to determine each drug’s side effects.

Forty hospitals will participate in the trial.

Dr. Jaiden Kapur with the U.Va. Department of Neurology is leading the team of researchers. They plan to evaluate up to 795 patients treated with one of the drugs.

The National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke awarded the grant.

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