Welcome to STARS (Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures)

Working together with individuals, families and medical professionals to offer support and information on Syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures.

Our aim is to ensure that anyone presenting with unexplained loss of consciousness receives the correct diagnosis, the appropriate treatment, informed support and sign posting to the appropriate medical professional, leading to an improved quality of life.

Seeking a diagnosis for unexplained...

  • falls?

  • seizures?

  • faints?

  • blackouts?


Syncope Trust And Reflex anoxic Seizures (STARS), The Blackouts Trust, was founded by Trudie Lobban in the UK in March 1993. The information and support group was established at the request of a paediatric neurologist after Trudie’s daughter was diagnosed as having Reflex Anoxic Seizures (RAS) - a severe form of syncope.

Since then STARS has undergone rapid expansion and the support and information group that was originally established is now an international charitable organisation offering information and support to anyone affected by unexplained loss of consciousness, blackouts, transient loss of consciousness, and syncope. 


STARS works together with individuals, families and medical professionals:

  • To alleviate the effects of and provide support and information on syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures, to those in distress as a result of these seizures, whether suffered by themselves or as a member of the family group.
  • To advance the education of the medical profession and the general public on the subject of syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures and its implications for the individual and family.
  • To promote research into the management of syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures and to publish the useful results there of and to support organisations promoting research into syncope and Reflex Anoxic Seizures. STARS has brought together International experts from every field to ensure that everyone works to ensure correct diagnosis and access to effective treatment and support. STARS International Medical Advisory Committee (MAC) is pivotal to our work. The committee comprises of a panel of international medical experts who act as an advisory, support and management committee for STARS, as well as advisory on all our literature.


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