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Dr. Elizabeth Thiele

Elizabeth Thiele, MD, PhD
Epileptologist, MGH


This is a transcript of a video from the Growing Up with Epilepsy Web site. For more information visit http://www2.massgeneral.org/childhoodepilepsy.

Dr. Elizabeth Thiele: With our increasing knowledge of brain function and activity and our ideas of what might lead to seizures--either abnormalities in the electrical activity and regulation of the brain or an underlying genetic change that might lead to seizures--we're very hopeful that in the coming years we'll be able to develop much more selective and specific treatments for epilepsy. For instance, people are using devices that if we can identify where in the brain the seizures are coming from, the device can be targeted to provide stimulation to that specific region of the brain to interrupt the abnormal electrical activity. People are also hopeful, if we can understand the genetic cause or molecular cause of seizures, that very specific drugs directed right at that cause can be developed, and maybe even delivered specifically to that region of the brain where the seizures are coming from. So these are dreams of people working and trying to understand epilepsy and how to most effectively treat epilepsy. But I believe that many of these dreams will likely come true, because of our advances and our increasing knowledge and understanding of the brain.

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