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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: Sheri Davis, Kim Schnabel, Joseph Cleveland

PI Information:

Jonathan Halford, M.D.

Dr. Halford

Title: Assistant Professor

- Epilepsy
- Sleep medicine 

Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by Medical University of South Carolina, 1996

- Duke University Medical Center - Neurology
- Duke University Medical Center - Psychiatry

Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center - Clinical Neurology

Specialties: Neurology

Board Certified:
- Neurology
- Neurology: Clinical Neurophysiology - Psychiatry
- Sleep Medicine 

Language(s): English

Ekrem Kutluay, M.D.

Title: Associate Professor

Dr. Kutluay

- Epilepsy and seizures
- Epilepsy surgery
- Clinical neurophysiology
- Functional brain mapping
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Clinical drug trials

Advanced Degree: M.D. awarded by Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey, 1992

Residency: Ege University School of Medicine, Turkey

- The Cleveland Clinic in Epilepsy research
- University of Michigan in Clinical Neurophysiology 

Specialties: Neurology

Board Certified: Neurology: Clinical Neurophysiology

- English
- German
- Turkish

Arabinda Das, Ph.D.

Title: Research Assistant Professor
Dr. Das
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.

Title: ProfessorDr. Banik


Epilepsy Clinical Trials

View a list of available epilepsy clinical trials.

Neurology Clinic Location:

MUSC Rutledge Tower
135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29403

Other Resources:

Epilepsy Foundation



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