Illinois and Mayo Clinic team up to develop improved method to identify seizure-causing regions in the brain


August Scheiss, CSL

Epilepsy—a condition that affects an estimated 65 million people worldwide—can be a difficult condition to treat. A team at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Mayo Clinic have developed a method with the potential to significantly improve the accuracy
Thankful Series #3
Thankful Series #3
and reduce the cost and time needed to identify regions of the brain causing epilepsy.

Using probabilistic modeling and artificial intelligence techniques based on real data from patients suffering from epilepsy, Yogatheesan Varatharajah and Mayo Clinic neurologist Dr. Greg Worrell developed a model to identify seizure generating brain regions using only non-seizure data. The new approach has the potential to decrease the time of an epilepsy procedure from days or weeks to just a couple of hours. Find the whole article here.

As we get into the holiday season, we at CSL are putting together a series of stories a bout research for which we are grateful. This is the third in the Thankful Series featuring research our scientists have conducted for social good. Read the first, Social interaction may provide health benefit, and second, Bystander bots to combat cyberbullying.