Epilepsy Research In Minnesota

Posted: November 23, 2011 in Epilepsy
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Epilepsy Research RIGHT HERE in Minnesota

We recently hosted the first-ever Minnesota Epilepsy Research Summit, as EFMN believes
research is critical to understanding epilepsy and improving the care of people living with
seizures.  Nearly twenty Minnesota-based researchers presented current epilepsy
research.  Read their research abstracts at the bottom of this page.

Why is research so important?

•  Epilepsy affects over 3 million Americans of all ages – more than multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, and
Parkinson’s disease combined. Almost 500 new cases of epilepsy are diagnosed every day in the United States. Epilepsy affects
50,000,000 people worldwide.

•  In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.

•  In over thirty percent of patients, seizures cannot be controlled with treatment. Uncontrolled seizures may lead to brain damage and
death. Many more have only partial control of their seizures.

•  Much is still to be learned about Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP)

How to find out about current research studies

It is exciting to imagine a world that is epilepsy free. Research is in the works to make that thought a reality.
The best source of information regarding current research studies on epilepsy is through the Centers for Disease Control at www.clinicaltrials.gov.

The national Epilepsy Foundation plays an active role in epilepsy research.  Click here to learn about the latest advances in epilepsy research.

RESEARCH SUMMIT ABSTRACTS

 Modeling Seizures and Treatments  Intravenous Topiramate for Neonatal Seizures
 Mapping Receptive Language  Pediatric Non-Epileptic Seizures
 Pharmacogenics of Antiepileptic Agents  Knowledge, Beliefs, and Health Care Perceptions
 Blood-Brain Barrier Function in Epilepsy  Investigations of Structural Brain Abnormalities
 Novel Epilepsy Studies in Canines  AEDs in Special Populations
 New Onset Epilepsy in Nursing Homes  Assessing the Effect of AEDs on Linguistic Behavior
 Optical Control of Focal Epilepsy  Screening for Depression and Suicidality
 Treatment of Landau-Kleffner Syndrome Neurophysiology and Forecasting Seizures
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