Epilepsy Center

Epilepsy Research and Clinical Trials

The Comprehensive Epilepsy Center is an active participant in clinical trials designed to better understand the best use of existing treatment options and to test promising new treatments. Since current anti-epileptic medications do not control seizures for all patients, new medications are developed to find better ways and new options for treatment of refractory epilepsy.

Within our center, as a part of the evaluation and treatment process, some patients will qualify for enrollment in clinical trials to use new anti-epileptic medications which are currently unavailable by regular medication prescription. The neurologists within the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center have extensive experience in the clinical anti-epileptic medication trials and in determining who would be a good candidate for such trials.

For a referral to a Washington University neurologist or neurosurgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, call .

Epilepsy Patient, Neurosurgeon

Clint McMurphy from Makanda, IL was diagnosed with grand mal seizures and epilepsy at the age of 3. His doctors had it under control with medication most of his life, but by the time Clint was in his upper 20s, the seizures became uncontrollable, often making him lose consciousness.

Neurosurgeon Eric Leuthardt, MD, performed a focal resection, removing the tissue from Clint’s left temporal lobe that was responsible for epileptic seizures.

Learn more about Clint or see more patient stories.


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