Welcome to Erik Taubøll's group:The Epilepsy Research Group – Neurology Department, RH

Erik Taubll
Group leader

The Research Group’s Objectives and Strategy

The Epilepsy Research Group in the Department of Neurology has been active for more than 20 years.

Our research is currently focussed on three main areas:

  1. Epilepsy-Translational Research. This focuses on research on temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) through genetic, basic, and clinical studies. The leader is Kjell Heuser. The main project concerns studying the role of the brain's glial cells in the development and exacerbation of epilepsy (epileptogenesis). The initial studies are basic research using epilepsy models. In addition, larger patient trials are used in which the clinical, radiological (MRI), and neuropsychological development of TLE is monitored over time.
  2. “Gender issues”, endocrinology and long-term effects of AEDs. The leader is Sigrid Svalheim. "Gender issues" have been an important area of research for the group over many years, with many PhD theses. The current major focus is studying the long-term side-effects of AEDs on hormones, immunology, haematology and bone health. The group also conducts basic research in collaboration with Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland, particularly investigating the effects of AEDs in relation to cancer.
  3. Epilepsy and cardiology / SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy patients). The leader is Dag Aurlien who is presently based at Stavanger University Hospital. The project is a collaborative venture between Oslo University Hospital (OUS) and Stavanger University Hospital. Funding has recently granted from Helse Sør-Øst (the South-Eastern Norway Regional Health Authority) for a PhD student in the project, starting in 2015.

In addition to these three main areas of research, the group has also interests in deep brain stimulation (DBS) in epilepsy, ketogenic diets for adults, and status epilepticus.

Ongoing studies

Bilder fra Publikumsmøte om epilepsi 11.11.15 på Rikshospitalet

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