Current Research Studies
Without research, new treatments for epilepsy and other seizure disorders would not be possible. The OHSU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is known around the United States for its innovative research to improve the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy and other conditions that cause seizures.
By participating in one of our research studies, you can try the latest treatments before they are available to the general public. You also help others with epilepsy or seizure disorders by helping researchers discover new treatments.
Our research includes:
- Testing the vagus nerve stimulator (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 (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.
The OHSU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center has several clinical trials (research studies) going on. For more information, please call our study coordinator at 503 494-9633.