Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County - Research

Research Opportunity

The Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County welcomes your participation in a research opportunity right here in San Diego for children with epilepsy between the ages of 7 and 17. The UCSD Multimodal Imaging Laboratory is conducting non-invasive scans of the structure and function of the brain in children and young adults with epilepsy.

When you volunteer to participate in clinical research studies like this one, you are making a difference in the lives of thousands of families living with epilepsy. The data collected from this study will help researchers to better understand epilepsy and move forward the search for a cure.

The study has been reviewed and approved by the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of San Diego County. For more information, please call Holly Girard at (858) 246-0291 or click on the link below.

Click here to view more information about the study

Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Why: To obtain information about the potential risk of each antiepileptic drug.

Recruiting: Women who are pregnant and are taking AEDs for any reason.

The Antiepilepsy Drug (AED) Pregnancy Registry is the first North American registry for pregnant women who are taking antiepileptic drugs. The registry is maintained out of the Genetics and Teratology Unit of Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston.

Women who enroll will have a total of three telephone interviews during their pregnancy and postpartum. All information will be kept confidential. The findings will be analyzed to assess the fetal risk of AED use during pregnancy. The principal investigator for the registry is Lewis B. Holmes, MD.

To enroll, call toll-free 1-888-233-2334 or 1-888-AED-AED4

For more information, visit the
AED Pregnancy Registry website

Epilepsy Family Study
Columbia University, New York

Why: To identify genes that play a role in causing epilepsy.

Recruiting: Family that contains a pair of siblings (brothers&/or sisters) OR three or more living people with:

Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Epilepsy Family Study of Columbia University is attempting to determine the role of heredity in epilepsy by identifying specific genes related to epilepsy. Identification of the genes that raise risk for epilepsy is potentially very important for early identification and treatment of susceptible individuals. It could also provide important basic information about the causes of epilepsy. This information could lead to the development of new treatments or strategies for prevention. The chief researcher for this project is Dr. Ruth Ottman, Professor of Public Health at Columbia University.

Volunteers have a telephone interview and are asked to donate a blood sample. There is no cost to participants for any aspect of the study and all information will be kept strictly confidential. This study does not involve genetic testing.

To volunteer, or to find out more about the study, you can call or write to:

Christie Barker-Cummings, M.P.H.
Columbia University
G.H. Sergievsky Center
630 West 168th Street
P&S Box 16
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-9188

Gene Discovery Project
Epilepsy Foundation of America

Why: To facilitate the search for the genes associated with epilepsy

Recruiting: People who have epilepsy in their family

The Gene Discovery Project of the Epilepsy Foundation of America seeks to partner people who have epilepsy in their family with researchers who are looking for the epilepsy genes.

The process:

Participants must be over 18 and have at least one person in their family affected by epilepsy. They also must have an email address to enter information online. All family tree and contact information is confidential and private. Identity and family information are anonymous to the research scientists until the participant contacts them directly.

For more information or to participate, go to the
Epilepsy Foundation Gene Discovery Project webpage

The Epilepsy Phenome-Genome Project

The Epilepsy Phenome-Genome Project is a taxpayer-funded research study that is looking for genes that influence the development of certain types of epilepsy.

This is a research study to:

Click here to learn more about who can participate in EPGP.

If you are interested in participating, click here to provide your contact information. An EPGP staff member will contact you to answer any questions that you may have.