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In addition to providing excellent and comprehensive multidisciplinary care to our patients, the Boston Children's Hospital Epilepsy Genetics Program is also actively involved in epilepsy genetics research. 

Poduri Lab Boston Children's HospitalOur main research initiatives are: 

  • The Genetics of Epilepsy and Related Neurological Disorders, a long-term project to understand the genetics of epilepsy
    • Currently focusing on malignant migrating partial epilepsy of infancy and other severe early-onset epilepsies, including infantile spasms, Ohtahara Syndrome and Dravet Syndrome.
  • The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project (EPGP), a phenotypic study of familial epilepsy and specific diagnoses
    • Currently enrolling siblings or parent/child pairs with epilepsy, infantile spasms, Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome, polymicrogyria and bilateral periventricular nodular heterotopia
  • Dr. Poduri’s work on inherited epilepsy syndromes, in collaboration with Christopher A. Walsh, MD, PhD, Chief of Boston Children's Division of Genetics; Columbia University; and the Duke Center for Human Genome Variation

If you are interested in learning more about our research, please contact us at or 617-355-5254.

Participate in Ohtahara Research


We are conducting a research study to find genes that cause Ohtahara syndrome.

Who can participate?

  • Children with Ohtahara syndrome and their immediate family members.
  • You can participate in this study regardless of where you live.
  • You do not have to travel to participate in this study.

What does participation involve?

  • A telephone or in-person interview with our research staff, lasting about 1 hour.
  • Review of your/your child’s medical records.
  • A blood sample for genetic analysis.

Is there any cost to participate?

  • There is no cost to participate.
  • We will reimburse any expenses related to study participation.

What are the benefits of this research study?

  • If you choose, you may learn the results of your/your child’s genetic testing.
  • Helping in epilepsy research, which may improve patient care in the future.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information about Ohtahara syndrome and our research study, click here

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