Taking Flight Award

Personalizing Seizure Treatment After Acute Brain Injury Using EEG

Edilberto Amorim de Cerqueira, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco

Acute brain injury from trauma, stroke, or a lack of brain oxygenation are among the most common causes of acquired epilepsy in adults and children worldwide. Unfortunately, we still do not know which patients are likely to benefit from early medication use for seizure prevention or which medications are most effective for individual patients.

Dr. Amorim’s research is using non-invasive brain monitoring with electroencephalography (EEG) to predict, prevent, and treat seizures in critically ill patients. He is designing algorithms that can determine seizure risk after acute brain injury as well as measure the individual’s response to anti-seizure drugs. Dr. Amorim hopes that a data-driven approach to seizure physiology will pave the way to personalized treatments to prevent epilepsy development after acute brain injury.