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Dec 23rd 2016 @ The Los Angeles Theater Center
Los Angeles, CA
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Friday, December 23rd, 2016
3:00 PM
Abstract: Misdiagnosis and treatment assessment are two critical issues in epilepsy patient management that are primarily due to the difficulty in obtaining reliable, long-term (months and more) event monitoring. The current clinical gold standard of video and brain electrical activity monitoring is restricted primarily because it can only be used over a short-term (days) with the limited resources of hospital beds and staff to maintain the scalp sensors. Consequently, misdiagnosis of epilepsy is common (20-30% of cases), because events cannot be captured to obtain a clear diagnosis.

When events are not captured, monitoring is usually repeated, but this exacerbates the problem of a long waiting list (months and more) for patients. On the other hand, anti-epileptic treatments are currently assessed based on seizure diaries kept by patients, but it has been shown by many studies, including our own, that seizure diaries are not reliable.

To address these critical issues of misdiagnosis and treatment optimisation, our group has developed an under-the-scalp implantable system with the intention of adding remote monitoring capabilities. In this talk, I will present the current status of our development.

Bio: Alan is a research fellow in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at the University of Melbourne. He received his PhD in 2011 from Swinburne University of Technology in sports biomechanics/engineering. He has been working in epilepsy research since 2007. His research experiences include seizure detection and anticipation, and seizure abatement using electrical stimulation and drug-loaded polymers.
Speaker: Alan Lai, University of Melbourne