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Epilepsy research at Boston Children's Hospital
The latest research, treatments, and findings from the Epilepsy Center at Boston Children's Hospital.

Our epilepsy specialists are constantly looking for more effective treatments to relieve children of their seizures. They are also working to make existing treatments safer.

Our clinical epileptologists and basic researchers work together so discoveries from the laboratory quickly become new treatments for children. We typically have severalclinical trials going on at any time. Our doctors are:

  • searching for and testing new anti-seizure drugs
  • evaluating new imaging techniques that help surgeons not to damage functional brain tissue
  • developing and using new tools for diagnosis and therapy

You can read about the research we’re doing and the innovative strategies we use to help our patients on our Epilepsy and Seizures pages.

Participating in Clinical Trials

If your child’s seizures are not well managed by existing therapies, or if we believe that experimental methods would make his treatment safer, we may recommend a clinical trial. Our team will take care to explain these options to your family. Participation in any clinical trial is completely voluntary.

To find the latest information on our clinical studies, you can search for studies in our Epilepsy Program and throughout Boston Children’s here.


Introducing Boston Children's Epilepsy Genetics Program

Founded in 2011, our Epilepsy Genetics Program provides comprehensive clinical services, including genetic evaluation and counseling, and engages in prolific research to help children and families with known or suspected genetic epilepsy syndromes.

Learn more about the Epilepsy Genetics Program.

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Epilepsy Genetics

MedPage Today reports that treatment of status epilepticus in critically ill children and adolescents usually failed to meet guideline-recommended standards for the initiation of therapies in a timely way. Read more.

When a young child begins losing language, walking skills and fine motor abilities, or is slow to achieve them, a nighttime EEG may reveal previously undetected but treatable epileptiform activity, suggests research from Boston Children's Epilepsy Center. Read more.

Brain tissue from epilepsy surgery is providing increasing insight into epilepsy's genetic origins. Annapurna Poduri, MD, MPH, uncovered a genetic cause for hemimegalencephaly by studying the brains of children who had undergone hemispherectomy.  Read more.

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- Sandra L. Fenwick, President and CEO
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