The study concluded that a type of brain activity called theta waves could be used to predict and prevent epileptic seizures, said Alon Friedman of the Brain Injury Centre at Dalhousie University.
Although promising drugs have been developed in preventing epilepsy, medical professionals need to first detect reliable “biomarkers” that predict which patients will develop the disease, he said.
“As long as you don’t know who will develop epilepsy, you cannot basically treat anyone,” Friedman said in a recent interview. “There are different treatments . . . to prevent epilepsy in patients after brain injury. The problem is that we cannot implement these treatments as long as we don’t know who should get (which treatment).”
The research is part of a joint project between Dalhousie and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Friedman, a Dalhousie professor and the Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research, moved to Dalhousie last year from Ben-Gurion, which houses the Brain Imaging Research Center and the Zlotowski Center for Neuroscience.