Epilepsy is a neurological disorder in which the nerve cell activity in the brain is disturbed, causing a seizure. The symptoms of a seizure vary from person to person. Some people with epilepsy simply stare blankly for a few seconds during a seizure, while others repeatedly twitch their arms or legs. Approximately 1 in 100 people in the US may experience a seizure once in life. But to be diagnosed with epilepsy, at least two unprovoked seizures must be experienced.
Feinstein Institute researchers use multiple methods (including MRI and PET) to measure brain structure and function. They also use electrodes to stimulate different areas of the brain and record this stimulation. The goal of these studies is to advance understanding of brain function and to improve diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy.
A Feinstein Institute principal investigator who is conducting epilepsy research is Ashesh Mehta.