Innovator Award

Brain Aging In Persons With Childhood Onset Epilepsy: A Population Based Investigation – II

Bruce Hermann, PhD - Matti Sillanpaa, MD, PhD
University of Wisconsin, Madison / University of Turku, Finland

The purpose of this project is to characterize patterns of cognitive and brain aging in persons with childhood onset epilepsy. This issue is addressed in a unique population-based cohort from Finland consisting of healthy individuals and persons with childhood onset epilepsies followed since childhood/adolescence, now 45-62 years old. For this project the cohort is returning for assessment of memory and other cognitive abilities, sophisticated neuroimaging to examine brain structure and function, EEG, and detailed interview. The results will provide unprecedented insights into the very long term cognitive and brain health of persons with childhood epilepsies.


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