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The Role of Research

The pediatric neurology faculty at Boston Medical Center is actively involved in basic science and clinical research. Division staff members have presented their work at meetings of the Child Neurology Society, the American Epilepsy Society, and the International Child Neurology Association, often in collaboration with pediatric neurology residents or medical students.

The following is a selected list of research activities currently underway involving Pediatric Neurology Division faculty:

  • Extremely Low Gestational Age Newborns (ELGAN) study (NIH): molecular antecedents of brain damage (Karl Kuban)
  • Quality indicators for care of infantile spasms
  • Calcium channel defect in infants with benign paroxysmal torticollis (Alpert Fund) (Laurie Douglass, N. Paul Rosman)
  • Further clinical analyses in 406 cases of febrile seizures followed prospectively (N. Paul Rosman)
  • Epilepsy in children born extremely prematurely (Laurie Douglass, Karl Kuban)
  • Controlled evaluation of ADHD in children with idiopathic epilepsy
    (Laurie Douglass)
  • Pharmacological clinical trials in childhood epilepsy: Levetiracetam (Keppra), Lamotrigine (Lamictal) (William DeBassio, Laurie Douglass, Georgia Montouris)
  • Causes and consequences of acquired microcephaly (N. Paul Rosman)