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A Digital Cure for Epilepsy
Faculty Project Leader: Behnaam Aazhang
Epilepsy is the 4th most common neurological disease in United States. Unfortunately 30% of the patients don’t respond well to traditional treatment like drugs. For those patients, the only permanent treatment is resection of the part of the brain whose hyperactivity is responsive for seizure. This method is invasive and carries high risk. Thus, reliable alternative treatment is needed. By predicting seizure before its onset, doctors could act preventively with actions that include stimulation treatment recently proposed.To facilitate that, scientists at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center will work together to develop algorithms that will optimize the development of an implantable device. The device will deliver low-frequency electrical stimulation to the seizure on-set zone. Once the prototype is developed, the group would pursue clinical trials.