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Epilepsy Research

Research taking place at the Epilepsy Center at UC San Diego Health System is transforming the way doctors diagnose and treat epilepsy around the world. We currently have clinical trials evaluating new anticonvulsant drugs as well as radiosurgery treatments for people whose condition is not controlled with medication. Talk to your UC San Diego Health System neurologist if you are interested in potentially participating in a clinical trial.

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bulletScientific Publications on Epilepsy

Read abstracts of scientific articles written by UC San Diego Health System epileptologists.

Featured Studies in Epilepsy

Dr. Carrie McDonald is recruiting individuals with temporal lobe seizures for a study investigating language processing and epilepsy. The purpose of this study is to find out more about the structure and function of the brain in individuals with epilepsy.

Participation will involve up to three sessions totaling about 5 hours. You will be compensated $30 per hour for your participation.

To qualify for this study you must:
  • Have epilepsy
  • Be 18-65 years old
  • Primarily English speaking
  • Have no history of psychiatric disorders or substance abuse
  • Have no metal implants (bone screws/plates, pacemakers, insulin pumps, piercings that can’t be removed)

This study is particularly interested in temporal lobe epilepsy. Individuals with other types are welcome to contact the study coordinator as well.

To get more information and to see if you qualify for the study, please contact Kelly Leyden at 858-246-0291 or