Curing epilepsy: Progress and future directions

  • M.P. J
  • G.G. L
  • A. B
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During the past decade, substantial progress has been made in delineating clinical features of the epilepsies and the basic mechanisms responsible for these disorders. Eleven human epilepsy genes have been identified and many more are now known from animal models. Candidate targets for cures are now based upon newly identified cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie epileptogenesis. However, epilepsy is increasingly recognized as a group of heterogeneous syndromes characterized by other conditions that co-exist with seizures. Cognitive, emotional and behavioral co-morbidities are common and offer fruitful areas for study. These advances in understanding mechanisms are being matched by the rapid development of new diagnostic methods and therapeutic approaches. This article reviews these areas of progress and suggests specific goals that once accomplished promise to lead to cures for epilepsy. © 2009 Elsevier Inc.

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  • Jacobs M.P.

  • Leblanc G.G.

  • Brooks-Kayal A.

  • Jensen F.E.

  • Lowenstein D.H.

  • Noebels J.L.

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