The Cindarella phenomenon – epilepsy genetics is lagging behind, as shown by PubMed

This is a slide that I have used in some of my presentations.  If you look at the citations for epilepsy, autism and schizophrenia in Nature, Science and Nature Genetics, you will see this pattern:  The run of papers in 2000-2001 corresponding to the era of the monogenic epilepsies and the 2007-2009 era, when papers on schizophrenia and autism overtake the publications on epilepsy.  The 2007-2009 peak for autism and schizophrenia is mainly due to the identification of rare CNVs in these disorders, a research strategy that has only been applied to the epilepsies more recently.

This widening gap between autism, schizophrenia research and epilepsy research is the Cinderella phenomenon as a reference to a statement by William G. Lennox:

“Epilepsy is no longer the Cinderella of medicine.  The electroencephalograph is her glass slipper.” William G. Lennox, 1947

 

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