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Epilepsy: research and innovation

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Discover the secrets of the brain with the epilepsy research being done at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.

The brain is a very complex organ that processes huge amounts of information. At times, the connections inside it do not function properly, causing what are known as epileptic seizures. With the informational materials available at the Science Forum, you can learn more about how the human brain works and about the latest steps we have taken in studying and treating epilepsy at the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital.

SJD Research

At the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital, we research diseases that impact young children. We opt for translational investigation methods, which aim to translate basic biomedical research from the lab into real-life patient applications, helping to build knowledge and find new solutions to create innovative treatments.

Our research teams work to learn more about the epilepsy that manifests in childhood (its origin, the biological mechanisms that trigger it, or its link to several other mutations) and also to improve diagnosis.

Pediatric epilepsy research projects

Comparative study of neuroimaging tests

The goal of this study was to compare different types of neuroimaging studies to figure out which study was most precise when determining the region of the brain in which focal epileptic seizures occurred. This will help medical professionals to perform more targeted surgeries.

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GRINpathy study

We have looked at the various effects certain GRIN gene mutations have on the NMDA receptor in paediatric patients (a glutamate receptor located in the neuronal membrane).

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KCNQ2-type channelopathy study

The aim of this study was to find specific biomarkers for KCNQ2-type channelopathy, as well as study its symptomatology, among which is epilepsy. We also hoped to analyse how different treatments worked on mutated channels.

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