CURE Award

Imaging Neuroinflammation In Focal Epilepsy

Tracy Butler, MD
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY

Inflammation, a vital process by which dead or damaged tissue is broken down, can be harmful when excessive or prolonged. This project will use Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanning to examine inflammation in the brains of patients with uncontrolled focal epilepsy. This could prove helpful in planning for epilepsy surgery and may lead to the development of new strategies, including use of anti-inflammatory agents to treat and prevent epilepsy.


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