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The University of Chicago Medicine - Comer Children's Hospital

Pediatric Epilepsy Research

Although highly specialized, compassionate care is our first and most important job, research is also an important component of what we do.

How can research improve my child's epilepsy care?

Participating in clinical trials allows us to offer the newest treatments to some of our patients at the Pediatric Epilepsy Center. Furthermore, research and clinical trials advance epilepsy care and will hopefully lead to a cure.

At the University of Chicago Medicine, our rich history of research has led us to develop groundbreaking diagnostic tools and treatments for epilepsy. We are actively investigating less invasive diagnostic tests, procedures and surgeries that minimize risk.

What we learn from research and clinical trials gives us information we can’t learn from lab studies alone. In short, it helps us become better doctors and provides information that doctors and hospitals throughout the world can use to improve care and outcomes.

How might research possibly lead to future advancements in epilepsy surgery?

Physicians and medical researchers continue to pursue even safer, more effective ways to treat children who have seizures and epilepsy. Ideally, we want to be able to:

  • Suppress seizures without destroying brain tissue
  • Develop minimally invasive procedures that preserve brain tissue and reduce or eliminate side effects of treatment

There is hope that we will be able to use electrical stimulation of the seizure focus to modulate the brain so seizures are suppressed completely. This type of treatment has only been shown to be moderately successful in adults, but research is being done to determine whether this type of procedure can be safe and effective for children with epilepsy, too.