Managing epilepsy: smart implants to keep the doctor away

 “When you have epilepsy you feel useless. You crave independence”.
Hannah Galvin

Epilepsy can prevent people from enjoying the things the rest of us take for granted – swimming, driving, even holding down a job, as seizures can strike at any time.

Current treatment options are drugs and surgery, but for some epilepsy patients such as Hannah Galvin these may not be effective.

We have been working for several years to develop a brain implant that would predict when a seizure is about to take place, and apply a therapeutic stimulus to prevent it occurring – all without the patient feeling anything.

Hannah took part in experimental brain stimulation to help neurologist Professor Mark Cook and his team gather data to develop this life-changing implant.

She hopes that the research gained during her hospital visits can help improve epilepsy sufferers’ lives in the future.

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