Current Research

The TIME project is a continuing programme of research into the clinical and theoretical aspects of Transient Epileptic Amnesia (TEA), Accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF) and Autobiographical memory.

Current work aims at discovering the causes of TEA, identifying precisely which brain regions and cognitive processes are disrupted by the condition, and determining the best forms of treatment.

The following is a brief description of research which is running at the moment:

The Treatment Study

We are currently running a study investigating the effect of anti-epileptic medication on memory difficulties experienced by people with temporal lobe epilepsy (over 45 years old) or TEA (at any age). Participants are seen twice, once before treatment and once again following six months of treatment, for an assessment of their memory. The assessment takes between three to four hours on each visit, and involves a variety of cognitive tasks. Recruitment is ongoing, and we are keen to see anybody who has recently been diagnosed with either of these conditions and are yet to begin treatment. The study is being co-ordinated by the TIME team in Exeter. We are willing to travel throughout the UK to see potential participants. If you or someone you know meets this criteria, and would be willing to take part, please contact Matthew Lomas in Exeter on: 01392 724467 for more information. You can also email us at: Updated: 3rd July 2017


On Wednesday 27th June 2018 we ran our first ever TEA Day, inviting previous research participants and family members to join us in Exeter to discuss recent research findings and future directions for research. The day was a great success and we thank everyone who was involved. Copies of presentation slides can be downloaded (see below). A video recording was also made, with copies available on request (please email: For those who attended and wish to give feedback on the event, please fill in our feedback form. As mentioned on the day, we very much encourage people with TEA and their family members to contribute to future research proposals and work in partnership with us. If you would like to provide further suggestions or become part of a TEA advising group, please contact us ( or write to Prof Adam Zeman (TIME Project), University of Exeter Medical School, College House, Magdalen Rd EX1 2LU

TEA Day Programme
Summary of TEA questions generated
Adam Zeman: introduction - slides
Narinder Kapur: Maximising Memory - slides
John Baker: TIME2 –What our second cohort teaches us about TEA - slides
Matthew Lomas: How does treatment effect the memories of people with TEA over time? - slides
Sharon Savage: Prognosis: What happens in Transient Epileptic Amnesia: over TIME? - slides