Sept. 14, 2017 from 11 a.m. to noon
Davis Auditorium - 2nd Floor
Hess Center for Science & Medicine
1470 Madison Avenue
- Jullie Pan, MD,PhD
- Professor, Department of Neurology and Radiology
- University of Pittsburgh
Abstract: Studying and treating epilepsy is difficult on several grounds, including the relative insensitivity of
available methods and the disorder’s intrinsic complex pathophysiology. Patients frequently have a wholly
normal neurological exam, and as the most commonly used evaluation, the scalp EEG is known to be coarse
and very hit-or-miss. It is not surprising then that neuroimaging is an essential component in the assessment
of epilepsy; e.g., as demonstrated with the near mandated use of high accuracy structural MRI in all epilepsy.
In this talk, we will push the envelope further in discussing the insights available from newer methods of
functional neuroimaging, discussing work from animal and human studies. With recognition that brain
function does not always parallel brain anatomy, imaging methods that are sensitive to various aspects of
brain metabolism and physiology have a real role to play in better understand this complex disorder.