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Inside our research centre

Our clinical research uses cutting edge technology to help us unravel the biology of epilepsy. Using the most advanced techniques, we are able to look deeper into the brain and to understand better the genetic contribution to epilepsy. We hope these techniques will become part of a person's routine assessment in the future.

optical coherence tomography (OCT)

Using optical coherence tomography (OCT) we are able to look at the thickness of retinal fibres at the back of the eye in relation to epilepsy severity, duration, drug resistance and epileptogenic focus.

3D imaging

Our 3D imaging camera helps us to explore the link between face shape and genetic variations which can lead to epilepsy. Research shows that there can be subtle changes in shape in particular types of epilepsy, but these are very varied.

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation uses a powerful magnetic field to study brain excitability in people with epilepsy. We are using it to look at how the brain responds to anti-epileptic drugs and the ketogenic diet.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans are helping us to predict the outcome of brain surgery, individual responses to medication and to map memory in the brain.