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Lennox and Lombroso Lecture: Priorities in Pediatric Epilepsy Research

Recorded December 2014

Anne Berg, Ph.D.

The past several decades of clinical and epidemiological research have provided a wealth of knowledge about the diversity within the pediatric epilepsies and greatly clarified the sometimes reassuring but still too often devastating prognosis of many of these disorders. The tremendous advances in neuroimaging, molecular cell biology, and therapeutics hold the promise of prevention, more effective targeted treatment, and even disease modification for these epilepsies with the possibility of ameliorating what can otherwise be moderate to severe lifelong disability. The challenge is to learn how -when and in whom- to utilize these techniques and therapies in an optimal manner to assure the best patient outcomes. Stakeholder identified and endorsed priorities can help develop a series of research priorities for accomplishing this goal.