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Personalized Medicine in the Treatment of Epilepsy

Status: 
Active
Competition: 
2012 Large-Scale Applied Research Project Competition – Genomics and Personalized Health
Sector: 
Health
Genome Centre(s):
Génome Québec, Ontario Genomics
Project Leader(s):
Patrick Cossette (Centre hospitalier universitaires de l'Université de Montréal), Berge Minassian (Hospital for Sick Children), Jacques Michaud (Université de Montréal)
GE3LS: 
No
Fiscal Year Project Launched: 
2012-2013
Project Description: 

Every time someone with epilepsy has a seizure there is a risk of brain damage. This is particularly true for children. Unfortunately, today’s anti-epileptic drugs simply don’t work on about one third of patients. The team led by Drs. Patrick Cossette, Berge Minassian and Jacques Michaud will identify genes that are associated with epilepsy and that are predictive of the response to various anti-epileptic drugs. This will result in earlier and more effective care and potentially prevent cognitive decline in children.