|University of Texas Health Science Center||Rice University Electrical and Computer Engineering|
Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disease in United States. Unfortunately, 30% of the patients don’t respond well to traditional treatment like drugs. For those patients, the only permanent treatment is resection of the part of the brain whose hyperactivity is responsive for seizure. The method is risky and invasive.
Scientists at Rice University and the University of Texas Health Science Center are developing algorithms to effectively predict and then prevent seizure. By predicting seizure before its onset, doctors could act preventively with actions that include stimulation treatment. We are developing this stimulation treatment - a minimally-invasive implantable device that will deliver low-frequency electrical stimulation to the seizure on-set zone, effectively preventing the seizure.