Jefferson University Hospitals

Vickie & Jack Farber Institute for Neuroscience

Epilepsy Research

Jefferson faculty contribute to advances in the surgical and medical treatment of seizures.  They are highly experienced in using investigational drugs and procedures when conventional therapy is not effective.

Jefferson’s academic program is at the forefront of scientific research as we continue to develop and test new medicines and surgical techniques to allow people with epilepsy to live full and active lives. Our physicians and scientists have written hundreds of scientific papers and contribute to enhancing scientific knowledge.

With funding from a variety of courses, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Defense Advance Projects Research Agency, private grants, and philanthropic donations, we are currently:

  • looking for better markers of epilepsy so that treatment can be tailored to the individual;
  • studying the physiology of epilepsy to better understand the fundamental causes of seizures;
  • improving ways to identify patients who may benefit from surgery and other interventional therapies;
  • examining patient outcomes after epilepsy surgery to improve treatment;
  • researching memory and disorders affecting memory using EEG and MRI with the goal of preserving and improving memory;
  • investigating mechanisms of sudden unexplained death in epilepsy;
  • studying a variety of new medications to improve seizure control; and,
  • studying newer, less invasive methods of treating epilepsy with surgery.