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In a world first, new Australian medical research has given pregnant women with epilepsy new hope of reducing their chance of having a baby with physical birth defects.

Results from a landmark international study using state of the art technology has revealed new genetic mutations that cause epilepsy. The findings could help to advance treatments for the most severe forms of epilepsy.

A large scientific study has discovered new genes causing severe seizure disorders that begin in babies and early childhood. The finding will lead to new tests to diagnose these conditions and promises to lead to improved outcomes.

A small device implanted in the brain has accurately predicted epilepsy seizures in humans in  a world-first study led by Professor Mark Cook, Chair of Medicine at the University of Melbourne and Director of Neurology at St Vincent’s Hospital.

A research team led by the University of Melbourne and Monash University has discovered why people can develop life-threatening allergies after receiving treatment for conditions such as epilepsy and AIDS.

How well people with newly diagnosed epilepsy respond to their first drug treatment, may signal the likelihood that they will continue to have uncontrolled seizures according to University of Melbourne Chair of Neurology Professor Patrick Kwan.

An Australian paediatric neurologist is one of five international scientists to win the prestigious L’Oréal-UNESCO Women in Science Award for her ground-breaking research into epilepsy.
Professor Ingrid Scheffer has been awarded the title of Laureate for the Asia-Pacific region and is only the third Australian to receive the award.

 
The Centre for Neural Engineering (CfNE)  launched today at the University of Melbourne will tackle some of the challenging problems in the neurosciences and will increase our understanding of brain function.
 

Brain damage continues to develop and evolve for months after a traumatic brain injury (TBI), revealing a potential target for treatments to improve brain trauma, new research led by the University of Melbourne has found.

A study of identical twins shows that a rare genetic form of epilepsy can be caused by a genetic mutation that occurs in the embryo, and not necessarily passed down from parents.

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