The purpose of this research study is to find the causes of certain epilepsies that begin during childhood or adolescence and have no known causes:
Those who take part in the study will be helping to find the causes of certain seizure types and to advance science to better understand the genetic origins of epilepsy and to eventually find a cure.
Researchers are looking for full families with a family member who started having generalized seizures after the age of 8 years old. Participants can be family members of any age, and the current age of the person with epilepsy does not matter.
The study consists of a short interview about medical/seizure history and a saliva sample from each family member (both the parents and any siblings) of the person with seizures. For an average family of four members, this typically takes about one hour to complete.
If you have any questions about the study, you may contact the study coordinator, Sandra Solove, at 614-355-6693 or Sandra.Solove@nationwidechildrens.org.