2009

Traumatic Brain Injury Awards

New Biometric Technology For “Just-In-Time” Delivery Of Anti-Convulsants Following Traumatic Brain Injury

Stefan M. Lee, PhD
University of Southern California
 

A significant and common consequence of traumatic brain injury is a selective loss of inhibitory nerve cells around the site of impact, resulting in focal seizures emanating from the areas of the brain that have been injured. Dr. Lee’s research will focus on a completely new approach for the treatment of focal epilepsy utilizing a smart-pump. The smart-pump will release an anti-epileptic drug to the brain as soon as epileptic activity is detected to stop the seizure before it can spread to other parts of the brain. This technology represents the future of selective and immediate drug delivery for seizures, with the potential of minimizing adverse side effects of medications.

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