NINDS is seeking persons with seizures or epilepsy to participate in a research study (study number 01-N-0139). This study has three purposes: 1) to screen patients with seizures for participation in other research studies of NINDS's Clinical Epilepsy Section (CES), 2) to follow the natural course of seizure disorders, and 3) to train CES fellows in evaluating and treating epilepsy. This study includes a history and physical examination as well as tests which may include an electroencephalogram (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan of the brain, blood tests, and a positron emission tomography (PET). There may be other tests or procedures during the study.
Volunteers must be at least 2 years of age and have seizures that occur frequently. Pregnant women and volunteers under the age of 2 are excluded. The study will take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD, and requires an initial 3-hour outpatient screening visit to NIH. If eligible, an inpatient visit of up to 2 weeks may be required to start, taper, stop, and evaluate the effects of antiepileptic medications as well as perform tests such as video EEG monitoring. After evaluation is complete, eligibility for other protocols within the CES will be determined.
There is no cost for participation or for any of the tests associated with the research study.
For more information, contact Pat Reeves-Tyer at 301-496-1923 or Irene Dustin at 301-451-9284. Please refer to study number 01-N-0139.