Leading-edge clinical research and specialists actively participating in studies investigating a variety of conditions including epilepsy, stroke and neuromuscular disorders.

Baby being monitored for seizures Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes (6/18/2019) -  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 less than 3 years of age and are often … Continue reading Defining Impact of Early Life Epilepsy on Patient Outcomes
Dr. Perry and Dr. Keator reviewing data Breaking New Ground in Dravet Syndrome Treatment (6/13/2019) - Cook Children’s Neurosciences Medical Director, Scott Perry, M.D., talks about a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet syndrome, and shares how the ongoing study and research of this genetic seizure disorder is bringing hope to children with this often severe and debilitating condition.
Fernando Acosta, M.D. and Marcela Torres, M.D. and stroke team view brain scans Research shedding new light on causes and treatments of pediatric stroke (11/27/2018) - 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 of Practice and the Initiation of Multi-Center, Multi-National Clinical … Continue reading Research shedding new light on causes and treatments of pediatric stroke
Setting the Foundation for Neurosciences Research (11/4/2018) - 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, programs fail to evolve, their care fails to progress … Continue reading Setting the Foundation for Neurosciences Research
Brain visualization Spotlight on Neuroscience Research (11/1/2018) - 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 intractable epilepsy and triheptanoin for Glut-1 deficiency. Collaboration is … Continue reading Spotlight on Neuroscience Research
green and white soccer ball Avoiding the Strikeout: SportsHELP is on the Way (11/1/2018) - 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 analysis technology, the Motion Lab team at Cook Children’s … Continue reading Avoiding the Strikeout: SportsHELP is on the Way
Research Only at Cook Children’s (11/1/2018) - 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 to fuel important cellular functions, regulatory activities and growth, … Continue reading Only at Cook Children’s
Dr. Scott Perry looking at brainwaves on monitors Epilepsy Research: Leading Change Through Multicenter Collaboration (11/1/2018) - 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 to curing epilepsy. Cook Children's Comprehensive Epilepsy Program was the first … Continue reading Epilepsy Research: Leading Change Through Multicenter Collaboration
Sick child Research: Lennox Gastaut Syndrome (10/24/2018) - 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 to find better treatments for this devastating condition, Cook … Continue reading Research: Lennox Gastaut Syndrome