Translational Research Unit (TRU)
What is epilepsy?
Epilepsy is a medical condition that produces seizures affecting a variety of mental and physical functions. It’s also called a seizure disorder. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, they are considered to have epilepsy.
A seizure happens when a brief, strong surge of electrical activity affects part or all of the brain. One in 10 adults will have a seizure sometime during their life.
Seizures can last from a few seconds to a few minutes. They can have many symptoms, from convulsions and loss of consciousness to some that are not always recognized as seizures by the person experiencing them or by health care professionals: blank staring, lip smacking, or jerking movements of arms and legs.
(Information from the Epilepsy Foundation of America)
For more information on epilepsy, visit the MUSC Epilepsy Center website.
Study Coordinators: Ashley Gantt, 843-792-7118
Jonathan Halford, M.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by Medical University of South Carolina, 1996
Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center - Clinical Neurology
Ekrem Kutluay, M.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, 1992
Residency: Ege University School of Medicine, Turkey
Board Certified: Neurology: Clinical Neurophysiology
Arabinda Das, Ph.D.
|Title: Research Assistant Professor|
Interest/Specialty: Understanding the mechanisms and new therapeutic pathways available for the treatment of medial temporal lobe epilepsy (MTLE). Developing translational collaborations for the advancement of epilepsy research.
Education: Ph.D., 1999, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India
2000 - 2001: Research Associate, Molecular Biology- Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
2001- 2003: Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
2003 - 2008: Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurosciences (Neurology) - Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
Narendra L. Banik, Ph.D.
Epilepsy Clinical Trials
Neurology Clinic Location:
MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403