Patient-oriented epilepsy research at Yale has led to major advances in the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy. Yale was one of the first centers in the world to perform epilepsy neurosurgery, and remains at the forefront of developing innovative brain imaging methods, deep brain stimulation and other neurosurgical techniques, medication trials, and additional novel approaches.
Yale School of Medicine and Yale New Haven Hospital are participating in multi-center trials that include a clinical trial for childhood absence epilepsy and an outcome of epilepsy surgery trial. Several medical treatments are available to patients including antiepileptic drugs, ketogenic diet and other alternative treatments.
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We also conduct basic epilepsy research projects to understand on a fundamental level what causes and what stops seizures. Our laboratories have made major advances in understanding the chemical, electrical and structural changes crucial for seizure generation. These results have direct clinical applications towards finding a cure for epilepsy.