Epilepsy Research at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Although treatments for childhood epilepsy are better than ever, we know we can still find more.

Our research yields new and exciting results that may lead to improved treatments with fewer side effects.

We also have early access to the latest:

  • VNS device models.
  • Epilepsy treatments, drugs, and tools.

Our current research topics include:

  • Children who've been in the Epilepsy Surgery Program for the last 20 years.
  • Cutting-edge treatments for epilepsy that doesn't respond to drugs.
  • Healing sight damage in children after resection surgery.
  • Ways to improve EEGs done on coarse and curly hair.
  • Worsening of seizures in the children's ICU.
  • Outcomes after surgery to remove brain tissue that causes focal seizures.
  • Effects of epilepsy drugs on a mother's health and the forming of neural pathways (MONEAD study site).
  • Using brain mapping to oversee sedation in kids in the ICU.
  • Head trauma screening for child abuse in infants with spells.
  • Sexual and reproductive health care for children and young adult women with epilepsy.
  • Ganaxolone as an adjunct treatment in children and young adults with CDKL5 deficiency disorder, followed by long-term, open-label treatment.
  • Lorcaserin as an adjunct treatment in children with Dravet syndrome.
  • Spasms in babies and young children.

Contact the Epilepsy Surgery Program at UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

To make a referral, schedule an appointment, or request an evaluation for a child or teen, contact us at 412-692-6928 or email epilepsysurgery@chp.edu.