What is Epilepsy?
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder and affects people of all ages. Seizures are a common characteristic of epilepsy either predictable or unpredictable, and epilepsy often includes other health problems. One of the largest challenges facing people with epilepsy is the stigma and misunderstanding surrounding the disorder. If you would like to contribute to further research on epilepsy causes and treatments, please visit our donation page.
The epilepsy team at the HBI has strong links to the Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute creating full-spectrum epilepsy treatment spanning all ages. The team comprises a variety of researchers from different faculties and departments. Meet the team
Living with Epilepsy
Epilepsy can be a very isolating disorder, but it doesn't have to be. Support and understanding are vital - sharing lived experience is the first step to breaking the stigma.
- The Ketogenic Diet Impact on Infantile Spasms
Dr. Morris Scantlebury’s research is focused on a ketogenic diet as a potential treatment for infantile spasms. These studies are supported by the community through the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation, and HBI. Read more about this treatment here.
- Revolutionary Robotic Laser Surgery as Seizure Treatment
Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy (LITT) combines robotics, magnetic resonance imagery and laser-directed heat to burn off brain tumours. Read more about the usage of this treatment here.
- In vivo endocannabinoid dynamics at the timescale of physiological and pathological neural activity
Dr. Cam Teskey and Dr. Jordan Farrell are exploring the impact of 2AG molecules on decreasing post-seizure side effects due to lack of oxygen. Read the full publication here.