The Managing Epilepsy Well (MEW) Network was originally established in October 2007 as a thematic research network of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)’s Prevention Research Centers (PRCs).
The MEW Network comprises 6 collaborating centers funded through the CDC PRC Program and Epilepsy Program: the Emory University Prevention Research Center (EPRC), the University of Michigan Prevention Research Center, the University of Texas Prevention Research Center (at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston), the University of Washington Health Promotion Research Center, the Prevention Research Center at Dartmouth, and the Case Western Reserve Prevention Research Center. Emory University is the coordinating center (CC).
Collaboration in the MEW Network is based on a Community of Practice Framework, which is defined as a group "of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on a ongoing basis." † As such the Collaborating Centers are equal partners in defining the structure of the MEW Network and in setting the Network's research agenda.
† Wenger, E.(1998) Community of Practice: Learning, Meaning, and Identity. New York: Cambridge University Press.