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February 24, 2021

Short-Term Outcomes in Pediatric and Adolescent Patients with Psychogenic Nonepileptic Events Seen by Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Video telemedicine visits are a feasible and effective way to provide care for children and adolescents with psychogenic non-epileptic events.

February 24, 2021

Creation and Implementation of an Electronic Health Record Note for Quality Improvement in Pediatric Epilepsy: Practical Considerations and Lessons Learned

Information obtained as part of routine clinical care can be collected in a prospective, standardized, efficient manner and be used to construct filterable, process/outcomes dashboards, updated in near time (36 hours).

February 23, 2021

The Impact of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Pandemic on Outpatient Epilepsy Care: An Analysis of Physician Practices in Germany

Adherence of known people with epilepsy to anti-seizure medication treatment appeared to remain stable during lockdown in Germany. However, this study revealed findings which point to reduced care for newly diagnosed PWE.

February 22, 2021

The Psychiatric Effects of Ketogenic Diet Therapy on Adults With Chronic Epilepsy

Ketogenic diet therapy may have a positive impact on psychological state independent of seizure reduction or ketone body production. These results support further investigation into specific effects and potential therapeutic benefits on various psychiatric disorders.

February 22, 2021

Developmental Outcome After Corpus Callosotomy for Infants and Young Children with Drug-Resistant Epilepsy

From a developmental perspective, corpus callosotomy for drug-resistant epilepsy in early childhood is an effective treatment.

February 19, 2021

Elevated Blood Purine Levels as a Biomarker of Seizures and Epilepsy

Measurement of blood purine concentrations may offer a rapid, low?volume bedside test to support the diagnosis of seizures and epilepsy.

February 19, 2021

New EBRAINS-Enabled Tool to Help Guide Surgery in Drug-Resistant Epilepsy Patients

Ultra-high definition predictive brain tool seeks to give surgeons a sharp eye to spot epilepsy in a patient’s brain.

February 19, 2021

Deep Brain Stimulation Prevents Epileptic Seizures in Mouse Model

They showed in mice that low-frequency stimulation of specific brain areas could completely stop epileptic activity. Instead of using electric current, the researchers stimulated the cells with light.

February 18, 2021

Take Action! Join CURE Epilepsy in Supporting the RISE Act. Contact Your Representative and Senators Today!

CURE Epilepsy urges everyone to contact their respective representatives and senators to recommend passage of The RISE Act (H.R.869, S.289).

February 18, 2021

COVID-19 Presentations and Outcome in Patients With Epilepsy

Patients with epilepsy are not susceptible to contracting COVID?19 more than other individuals. Furthermore, COVID?19 in PWE is not associated with a more severe illness or a poorer prognosis. However, PWE and COVID?19 may present somewhat differently than others with such an illness.

February 18, 2021

Relation Between Coffee Consumption and Risk of Seizure-Related Respiratory Dysfunction in Patients With Drug-Resistant Focal Epilepsy

Coffee consumption may be a protective factor for seizure-related respiratory dysfunction, with a dose-dependent effect.

February 16, 2021

Researcher Update: February 2021 

In this month’s Researcher Update you’ll find information on: CURE Epilepsy Virtual Seminar Series NIH Launches Database to Track Neurological Symptoms Associated With COVID-19 Cures Within Reach Funding Opportunity– Proposal Submissions Due March 17 NINDS Post-Traumatic Epilepsy Workshop Sessions-First Session is March 18 Job opportunities CURE Epilepsy Virtual Seminar Series Please join CURE Epilepsy for our upcoming virtual seminars series. Seminar topics include: February 23 at 12pm CT: The Role of Adenosine in Epilepsy. Presented by Catalyst Award grantee Detlev Boison, PhD March 12 at 11am CT: The Use of Organoids in Epilepsy Research. Presented by former CURE Epilepsy grantee Jack Parent, MD April 21 at 1pm CT: Postdoctoral Data Blitz on Translation Research in Epilepsy – applications to participate are being accepted through February 26. Learn more. Virtual seminars are part of the Frontiers in Research Seminar Series sponsored by the Nussenbaum-Vogelstein Family. NIH launches database to track neurological symptoms associated with COVID-19 A new database will collect information from clinicians about COVID-19-related neurological symptoms, complications, and outcomes as well as COVID-19 effects on pre-existing neurological conditions. The COVID-19 Neuro Databank/Biobank (NeuroCOVID), which was created and will be maintained by NYU Langone Health, New York City, will be a resource of clinical information as well as biospecimens from people of all ages who have experienced neurological problems associated with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Learn more Cures Within Reach Funding Opportunity – Proposal Submissions Due March 17 Cures Within Reach has two new funding opportunities for up to $50,000 available for clinical repurposing trials: one to address high priority medical needs of veterans including those with brain injuries, and one for any rare pediatric disease. Projects repurposing approved drugs, devices, nutraceuticals and/or diagnostics are eligible. There's no limit to the number of submissions from any institution or primary investigator (PI), and PIs at any career stage are welcome to apply. Learn more NINDS Post-Traumatic Epilepsy Workshop Sessions - First Session is March 18 The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is sponsoring a series of workshops related to post-traumatic epilepsy. The workshops will set the stage to optimize preclinical and clinical research to prevent epileptogenesis following TBI. The results will help improve biomedical research in PTE. The workshops are tuition-free, but participation is limited, so early registration is suggested. Learn More Job Opportunities Faculty Position: Center for Pediatric Neurological Disease Research, St. Jude Translational Neuroscience Initiative: Seeking an exceptional and creative scientist to lead an innovative laboratory-based research program using cutting-edge approaches to elucidate mechanisms and/or therapeutic strategies relevant to understanding and treating pediatric neurological disease. Learn more Postdoctoral Research Associate, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Seeking a postdoctoral fellow in translational neuroscience to study genomic and epigenomic causes of pediatric epilepsy and related disorders. Learn more. Postdoctoral Fellow - Neurology Epilepsy, Emory University: Looking for a creative, productive, and motivated postdoctoral fellow to join a funded project examining the phenomenology and circuit basis of interactions between sleep-wake and seizures/epilepsy that will include expansion of observations from animal models to a large trove of scalp and intracranial human EEG data. Learn More.

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