For people suffering from recurrent epileptic seizures, one of the most burdensome aspects of their condition is the unpredictability of their seizures. While medications, surgery, and novel neurostimulation methods can eliminate seizures seizures in some cases, many people with epilepsy face the possibility of a seizure at any time, even when they occur only rarely. This has a disproportionate impact on their daily lives and profoundly limits even routine activities, such as drive a car, swim, bathe an infant, or perform any other activity where a momentary loss of consciousness could prove catastrophic. Even when epilepsy is well controlled with medications, people endure persistent side effects to prevent rare seizures.
Benjamin Brinkmann, PhD is a data scientist and Assistant Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, working on imaging and EEG approaches to treating epilepsy. Gregory A. Worrell, MD, PhD is an epileptologist and Professor of Neurology and Biomedical Engineering at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and co-director of the Mayo Systems Electrophysiology Lab. Their paper, “Crowdsourcing reproducible seizure forecasting in human and canine epilepsy” is published in Brain.
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