Childhood Absence Epilepsy Study
A Collaborative Effort Among 20 Top Pediatric Institutions
Childhood Absence Epilepsy (CAE) is a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Center and 19 other prestigious pediatric hospitals are working together to examine the most effective antiepileptic medications for treating this common pediatric epilepsy syndrome.
Patients who are not candidates for epilepsy surgery and have not become seizure-free after being on at least two different seizure medications are candidates for our Complex Epilepsy Clinic. An integral part of our Epilepsy Center, the Complex Epilepsy Clinic works with patients and their families to identify other treatment options.
Our multidisciplinary team is comprised of:
Caring for a child with epilepsy can be challenging, especially when seizures continue despite pharmacological treatment. The heart of our program is our attention to the educational and psychosocial needs of children with epilepsy and tailoring treatment to the individual in hopes of improving seizure control.
Clinic visits will involve a consultation with a pediatric epileptologist and a pediatric nurse practitioner followed by other needed members of the complex epilepsy team. Clinic visits are likely to last more than one hour due to the complexity of the care. When available, records are reviewed ahead of time. We strive to provide cutting-edge treatment options for patients with epilepsy; if applicable enroll patients in medication trials; and to provide a one-visit second opinion.
Research helps us learn more about health and find better ways to prevent and treat diseases. From studies at the molecular level to the behavioral level, Neurosciences faculty members are investigating how neurological and neuromuscular disorders and conditions develop and working toward new treatment and prevention options. See the latest epilepsy research.
Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's Hospital are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside. Browse current epilepsy and seizure research studies conducted at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
Physician Referral Information
Primary care physicians and pediatric specialists can refer children to the Complex Epilepsy Clinic. To make a referral, there are three options: