Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes


 It is well known that early-life epilepsies (ELEs) are associated with poor outcomes including intractable or drug-resistant seizures, developmental and cognitive disabilities, poor regulation of other functions controlled by the nervous system, as well as increased risk for mortality. Early-life epilepsies are defined by a diagnosis of epilepsy greater than 28 days of life and … Continue reading Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes

Research shedding new light on causes and treatments of pediatric stroke


In 2009, Fernando Acosta, M.D. and Marcela Torres, M.D. created an outpatient multidisciplinary comprehensive stroke clinic with the primary goal of improving stroke care and patient outcomes. With this goal at the forefront, they joined the International Pediatric Stroke Study and opened for enrollment in April 2012. The study entitled “Towards the Establishment of Standards … Continue reading Research shedding new light on causes and treatments of pediatric stroke

Setting the Foundation for Neurosciences Research


Research. On the surface a conceptually simple task: you ask a question, design a study to test your hypothesis and arrive at a conclusion. All great medical programs focus on research as one of the three pillars of program excellence, along with superior clinical care and education of the next generation of providers. Without research, … Continue reading Setting the Foundation for Neurosciences Research

Spotlight on Neuroscience Research


Research is an integral part to any successful program and the Jane and John Justin Neurosciences Center continues to be a leader in many areas. We currently participate in 28 sponsored and investigator-initiated trials. These bring innovative treatments to the children of our region which otherwise would not be available, including cannabidiol and fenfluramine for … Continue reading Spotlight on Neuroscience Research

Avoiding the Strikeout: SportsHELP is on the Way


In pediatrics, we often say, “Children are not small adults.” This adage holds even more truth when we talk about how their bodies move with sports and activity. The growth and development of a child’s body poses unique challenges to avoid injury, gain strength and improve performance. Through the use of advanced video and motion … Continue reading Avoiding the Strikeout: SportsHELP is on the Way

Only at Cook Children’s


Dietary supplement used to treat rare genetic epilepsy syndrome Glucose transporter type 1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1DS) is a genetically inherited disorder that impairs metabolism in the brain, by causing impairment in transport of glucose from the blood into brain cells which require the sugar as their primary energy source. Without a sufficient source of energy … Continue reading Only at Cook Children’s

Epilepsy Research: Leading Change Through Multicenter Collaboration


While a leading institution can produce outstanding research on its own, when multiple leaders in pediatric health care agree to collaborate, the results can be astounding. Funded by the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Foundation (PERF), the Pediatric Epilepsy Research Consortium (PERC) was started in December 2011 and has grown to a national network of 46 pediatric epilepsy centers dedicated … Continue reading Epilepsy Research: Leading Change Through Multicenter Collaboration

Research: Lennox Gastaut Syndrome


Lennox Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is a devastating epileptic encephalopathy of childhood. It presents with frequent seizures of multiple types (tonic, atonic, tonic-clonic, absence, myoclonic), cognitive delays and generalized slow spike wave on EEG studies. The seizures are notoriously difficult to control and patients often fail multiple medications, dietary therapy and palliative surgeries. Recognizing the need … Continue reading Research: Lennox Gastaut Syndrome