Meet our researchers: Professor Louis Lemieux and epilepsy

Professor Louis Lemieux and his team at UCL Institute of Neurology, Department of Clinical and Experimental have researched new imaging techniques to help improve the quality of life for people living with severe epilepsy.

With over 600,000 people in the UK living with epilepsy, it makes it the most common neurological condition. Controlling epilepsy is difficult with the severity of condition varying per person. Prescribed medication can be used for some people, whereas others may need surgery to prevent seizures.

Professor Lemieux team’s research has enabled them to identify a non-invasive technique to be tested for determining the suitability of patients for the procedure.

Tests are carried out prior to surgery to help pinpoint the part of the brain from which seizures originate. In some cases, the location cannot be found even through traditional imaging techniques (MRI) and may require electrodes to be inserted into the brain, which is invasive, expensive and carries health risk.

Instead Professor Lemieux and his team have developed a new scanning technique called EEG-correlated fMRI, which in laboratory studies has provided a new means of finding the origin of seizures.

Brain Research Trust  funded Professor Lemieux and his team to purchase the equipment needed to support the technique. The aim is to reduce the need for invasive tests in the future and help increase the likelihood of successful surgery for all patients.

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