Julia Jacobs-LeVan

Director, Pediatric Epilepsy Program

Alberta Children's Hospital

Associate Professor

Departments of Pediatrics and Clinical Neurosciences

Adjunct Professor

University of Freiburg Medical Center

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

M.D. (Doctor of Medicine)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Contact information

Preferred method of communication

Administrative Assistant:
Amanda Smith
P: 403.955.2296
E: Amanda.Smith@albertahealthservices.ca

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Pediatric epilepsy
  • epileptic sleep and cognition
  • refractory epilepsy
  • pediatric hypothalamic Hamartomas
  • Epilepsy

Research activities

Dr. Jacobs is the director of the pediatric epilepsy program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Her research aims to improve the diagnostic tools and outcome prediction in children with rare and difficult to treat epilepsy. 

Dr. Jacobs’s research interests include:

- The analysis of High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs) as EEG biomarkers using intracranial as well as scalp EEG.

- Identifying epileptic networks involved in the generation of inter-ictal epileptic spikes using methods such as simultaneous EEG and functional MRI (fMRI).

- Understanding the interactions between epileptic EEG activity, sleep and cognition in early epileptic encephalopathies.

- Finding EEG predictors in children with early brain injury to assess their risk of developing epilepsy.

- Identification of outcome predictors for children undergoing epilepsy surgery.

- Improving outcome and understanding co-morbidities in children with Hypothalamic Hamartomas




ECE Young Investigator Award - 2016

Prize of the Hodeige-Foundation “Fast fMRI provides high statistical power in the analysis of epileptic networks" - 2014

Friedrich-Linneweh-Prize, German Society of Pediatrics "High Frequency Oscillations as new markers of epileptogenic tissue in children with refractory epilepsy” - 2011

W.A. Cobb Young Investigator Award, International Federation of Clinical Neurophysiology for the manuscript “High frequency changes during inter-ictal spikes detected by time-frequency analysis” - 2010