Extra-cranial Seizure Detection

Dr. Howard Ring

Development of a method for acceptable and reliable extra-cranial detection of seizures in adults with intellectual disability and treatment-resistant epilepsy.

People with developmental brain damage and very low IQs have higher rates of epilepsy than the rest of the population and this epilepsy tends to be more severe, more difficult to treat and associated with higher rates of injury, hospital admission and death. The proposed research will determine whether clinically useful home-based monitoring and detection of seizures (using the methods outlined below) is possible. If it is then this methodology could in the future be used to monitor seizure severity, to accurately and promptly establish clinical responses to changes in antiepileptic medication and to clarify the diagnosis of symptoms that may or may not be seizures – reducing attendant risks of either under- or over-treatment with antiepileptic drugs.