Volunteers Wanted: Reducing Epileptic Seizures in Patients with drug-resistant Temporal Lobe Epilepsy

Researchers at La Trobe University and Epilepsy Foundation are seeking volunteer research participants to be involved in a study investigating the efficacy of a non-invasive brain stimulation technique to control seizures in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. This novel, non-pharmacological treatment approach may be appropriate for routine clinical use and may provide a safe and effective therapy for patients with refractory epilepsy, minimizing the number of clinic appointments, and hospital admissions.

Would the research study be a good fit for me?

The study might be a good fit for you if:

  • You have temporal lobe epilepsy and medications are not able to control your seizures completely.
  • You do not have any skin condition on your scalp.
  • You do not have any implanted devices in your body.
  • You did not have previous head injury or any other brain related diseases.

What would happen if I took part in the research study?

If you decide to take part in the research study, you would:

  • Complete a seizure diary for 8 weeks
  • Attend La Trobe University for screening first and then treatment and assessment in three consecutive days and then twice for follow-up assessment (4 weeks and 8 weeks after the last session of treatment). Each session will take 2-3 hours.
  • After the last session of your treatment, you will start completing a seizure diary for another 8 weeks.

Will I be paid to take part in the research study?

You may be reimbursed for any reasonable travel expenses (maximum $100) associated with the research study visits. You will also receive a gift voucher for $100 at the end of the study.

Who do I contact if I want more information or want to take part in the study?

If you would like more information or are interested in being part of the study, please contact:

Name:Dr Maryam Zoghi
School/DepartmentSchool of Allied Health, Department of Physiotherapy, Podiatry, and Prosthetics and Orthotics
Phone:9479 3822
Website (if any):https://scholars.latrobe.edu.au/display/m2zoghi
Ethics Approval NumberHEC20475
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