Featured Epilepsy Studies

The following are epilepsy studies that apply to particular groups within the Seizure Tracker™ population. Click a title to expand its details.
TrustTSC
The TrustTSC study is exploring whether treatment with an investigational medication (ganaxolone) has the potential to reduce the frequency of seizures associated with TSC in children and adults.

Currently, there are a limited number of treatments approved specifically for individuals living with tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC). Antiseizure medicines that are available to treat seizures associated with TSC may not work for everyone, may stop working over time, or may have to be stopped because of side effects.

If you or your child have been diagnosed with TSC and have inadequate response to your existing regimen for seizure control, there may be a clinical study for you.
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
The TSC Biosample Repository stores samples of blood, DNA, and tissues from individuals affected by TSC that scientists can use in their research. The samples we collect are linked to clinical data in the TSC Natural History Database. These samples and linked clinical data help researchers conduct experiments to find biomarkers of TSC, test potential drug treatments, and determine why TSC is so different from person to person.

Implemented in 2006, the TSC Natural History Database captures clinical data to document the impact of the disease on a person’s health over his or her lifetime. More than 2,000 people with TSC are enrolled in the project across 18 U.S.-based clinical sites and the TSC Alliance. The TSC Alliance provides funding to participating clinics to perform data entry, monitors the integrity of the database, and makes data available to investigators to answer specific research questions and identify potential participants for clinical trials and studies.
Description: Study design is a Phase IIb prospective multi-center, randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical trial. The goal will be to enroll 80 infants with Tuberous Sclerosis Complex who are less than 6 months of age prior to the onset of their first seizure.
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All studies below are either currently recruiting or will be soon.
Epilepsy Prevalence and Intervention Study in Zhejiang Province, China
Brief Summary: To carry out the epidemiological investigation on epilepsy in Zhejiang Province, China, and then establish early comprehensive intervention to help patients with epilepsy to improve seizure control and the quality of life.
Start Date:
September 13, 2013
Close Date:
December 31, 2022
Interventions:
  • Behavioral: education on epilepsy
  • Drug: routine and proper antiepileptic drugs
Association of Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) rs6265 Gene Polymorphism With Susceptibility to Epilepsy
Brief Summary: Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects people of all ages.Recent studies found that epilepsy is associated with several chromosomal regions, where mutations in these regions cause neurological dysfunction. BDNF which is the most ample neurotropic factor in the CNS, has survival and growth promoting roles in a variety of neurons. It has been shown to promote excitatory (glutamatergic) synapses while weakening inhibitory (GABAergic) ones. A nonsynonymous G to A single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) exists at position 196 of exon 2 (rs6265), which results in valine (val) to methionine (met) substitution. This polymorphism affects intracellular packaging of pro-BDNF, its axonal transport and in turn, activity-dependent secretion of BDNF at the synapse.
Start Date:
November 1, 2021
Close Date:
December 1, 2022
Interventions:
  • Genetic: Genotyping by Real Time PCR
Objective EEG Bed Side Assessment of Impaired Conscious Awareness in Epilepsy
Brief Summary: In this project EEG recordings between healthy participants and those with a diagnosed Absence-epilepsy will be compared. The investigators suggest differences in EEG microstate analysis and neuropsychological parameters related to interictal cognitive impairment in these patients. This projects goal is to derive an EEG-based measure of conscious awareness.
Start Date:
October 1, 2021
Close Date:
June 2024
Self-management for People With Epilepsy
Brief Summary: SMART is a program for adult individuals with sub-optimally controlled epilepsy. It involves educational and behavioral interventions intended to enhance epilepsy self-management. The initial group session is in-person where individuals receive curriculum materials and learn to utilize the Web format (such as Adobe Connect or ZOOM) and a teleconferencing service needed to access the remainder of the group sessions. These sessions are held over an 8 week time period and are co-lead by a trained nurse educator and a trained peer educator. The peer educator is someone with epilepsy and a history of NHEs. Educators use a written curriculum delivered online, and the interactive sessions last 60-90 minutes. Groups are limited to about 6 -12 adult participants. After the group sessions are done, individuals have 8 telephone maintenance sessions with the nurse educator and the peer educator spaced approximately 2 weeks apart. SMART is intended for adults with epilepsy, especially those who belong to disadvantaged sub groups such as rural populations, veterans with epilepsy and those who are underinsured. People with epilepsy who belong to disadvantaged sub-groups are more likely to have poor outcomes and often end up using expensive crisis-oriented care, and thus potentially might benefit the most from self-management programs if they can be actively engaged.
Start Date:
May 19, 2021
Close Date:
December 2024
Interventions:
  • Behavioral: SMART 2
Evaluation of Memory and Forgetting in Patients With Epilepsy
Brief Summary: Drug-resistant focal epilepsy (DRFE) is frequently associated with complications of varying severity that impair patient's quality of life. Among these complications, cognitive disturbances and especially episodic memory difficulties, play a determinant part. Episodic memory can be defined as a function that allows the mental reconstruction of a past life episode, through complex associative mechanisms that link the vivid experience to its context of occurrence, called encoding context. It is a dynamic cognitive function, which calls on a widely distributed cerebral network, mainly involving the medial temporal lobe, particularly the hippocampus. Epilepsy could have a specific impact on this crucial network, disrupting the binding mechanisms between the experienced events and their encoding context, which are essential for efficient memory. Although patients with DRFE frequently demonstrate memory impairment as assessed by standardised neuropsychological tests, it only imperfectly reflects their difficulties. As a matter of fact, despite a subjective memory complaint, about 20% have no memory impairment on these tests, resulting from a phenomenon called accelerated long-term forgetting (ALF). ALF is indeed characterised by normal performance on standardised neuropsychological tests involving retention delays of 20-30 minutes, but disabling memory complaint and abnormally marked forgetting within hours or days that follow the learning period. This phenomenon is widely described at the conceptual level, but remains difficult to measure in daily practice, at least partly due to methodological limits. Thus, the validated tools available in clinical routine are poorly adapted to the complexity and the associative dimension of memory networks. There is therefore a clinical need for a specific assessment tool that would be able to detect ALF, in order to better quantify it and to enable the appropriate care of patients suffering from DRFE. The aim of the EPIMNESIE study is to evaluate the diagnostic capacity of a behavioural associative memory task, based on the analysis of encoding and consolidation mechanisms, in order to measure ALF. In this prospective study, 40 patients with DRFE and 40 healthy subjects will be proposed to complete a new associative memory task involving a learning phase and two recall sessions which will take place at 30 minutes and 72 hours after the learning phase.
Start Date:
January 26, 2022
Close Date:
January 1, 2024
Interventions:
  • Diagnostic Test: Computerised associative memory task using abstract words and landscape photographs
Pulvinar Stimulation in Epilepsy: a Pilot Study
Brief Summary: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is one of the neuromodulation techniques that can be indicated in patients suffering from refractory epilepsies, especially when an open resection has failed or is not indicated, and vagal nerve stimulation (VNS) demonstrated no efficacy. Benefits such as reduction of seizure frequency have been shown for thalamic stimulation of the anterior thalamic nucleus (ANT), however it has limited efficacy and non-optimal neurocognitive outcome, making the search for other targets crucial in this context. We propose a novel target for DBS stimulation in drug-resistant epilepsy namely the medial pulvinar thalamic nucleus (PuM). This target has been chosen based on previous retrospective studies demonstrating that PuM is involved during focal seizures and in loss of consciousness and seizure termination. PuM stimulation also showed potential encouraging results based on the feasibility and safetu studies recently published. The main objective is to obtain a significant percentage of seizure reduction after 12 months of PuM stimulation compared to baseline period. Quality of life and the relationship with psychiatric and cognitive comorbidities will also be assessed.
Start Date:
January 15, 2021
Close Date:
January 15, 2025
Interventions:
  • Device: Pulvinar deep brain stimulation
Effectiveness of an Epilepsy Application for Self-management in Viet Nam
Brief Summary: Epilepsy is a common neurological disease which effects all genders, ages and geographic regions. Self-management refers to "the ability of the individual, in conjunction with family, community, and healthcare professionals, to manage symptoms, treatments, lifestyle changes, and psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual consequences of health conditions". Optimal self-management may improve self-efficacy, knowledge about epilepsy of people with epilepsy (PWE) and family, medical compliance and avoidance of seizure triggers. This study aims to determine the effectiveness of the epilepsy app for PWE to improve self-management
Start Date:
August 2022
Close Date:
June 2024
Interventions:
  • Other: Epilepsy application
Utilizing Activity Trackers to Promote Physical Activity in People With Epilepsy: Can we Make a Difference?
Brief Summary: The purpose of this study is to evaluate standard of care exercise education alone or in combination with a wearable physical activity tracker in people with epilepsy (PWE) to determine the most effective way to increase physical activity and measure impact on depression, anxiety, quality of life, sleep, and seizure frequency.
Start Date:
June 16, 2020
Close Date:
June 16, 2022
Interventions:
  • Behavioral: Activity Tracker Group
  • Behavioral: Standard of Care Group
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