Scientists at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) seek people age 5 and older with seizures for participation in research studies. The scientists are testing a non-invasive procedure called transcranial magnetic stimulation for seizure treatment, and are studying brain mapping with positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans.
Younger children with new-onset seizures may be eligible for some studies. The studies may last several months, with an inpatient stay of up to two weeks, and 10-15 outpatient visits of about an hour each. Screening will determine eligibility. People with medical problems that require treatment in addition to seizures may be excluded.
The studies will take place at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. All study-related expenses will be paid by the NIH. There is no cost for participation or for any tests associated with the research. The studies are carried out in compliance with testing and safety standards of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, physicians should contact Ingrid Caldwell, Patient Care Coordinator, at 301-496-1923, or Dr. William Theodore, Chief, Clinical Epilepsy Section, NINDS, NIH, Building 10, Room 5C205, 10 Center Drive MSC 1408, Bethesda, MD 20892-1408; telephone: 301-496-1505; fax: 301-402-2871.