Research

Without medical research, new treatments for epilepsy and other seizure disorders would not be possible. The OHSU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is known throughout the United States for its innovative research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and other conditions that cause seizures.

Our current research includes:

  • Testing the vagus nerve stimulator, or VNS, an effective treatment for seizure disorders now used by thousands of patients worldwide.
  • Studying other advanced forms of electrical stimulation to stop seizures.
  • Clinical trials of medications now being used for epilepsy.
  • Studying the effects of common epilepsy drugs on memory.
  • Developing new and better ways to use magnetic resonance imaging, or MRI, to find brain abnormalities that cause epilepsy. Improving MRI leads to safer, more effective brain surgery for epilepsy. This can help some people live without seizures.
  • Basic laboratory research to understand what causes seizures.

For more information about our studies or our research program overall, contact our study coordinator at 503-494-9633.

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