Dr. Linda Laux, Lurie Children's Hospital

Dr. Laux is an Attending Physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Neurology and Epilepsy Center and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her special interests include Pediatric epilepsy, particularly Dravet syndrome.

What is Dravet syndrome?

Dr. Ian Miller, Miami Children's Hospital Brain Institute

Dr. Miller is the Director of Neuroinformatics, Department of Neurology at Miami Children’s Hospital Brain Institute. His special interests include Dravet syndrome, as well as informatics, computational methods, and process optimization. At present, he spends roughly 80% of his time devoted to research.

What gene mutation causes Dravet syndrome?

Dr. Sooky Koh, Lurie Children's Hospital

Dr. Koh is an Attending Physician at Lurie Children’s Hospital’s Neurology and Epilepsy Center and is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her special interests include epilepsy, basic science research on the consequences of seizures on the developing brain, and the cognitive and neuropsychological effects of anticonvulsant medications.

What is SUDEP?

Dr. Jack M. Parent, University of Michigan

Dr. Parent is is an associate professor of neurology, director of the Neurodevelopment and Regeneration Laboratory, and co-director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Center in the University of Michigan Medical School. His current research interests include neural stem cell transplantation to treat brain injury and neurodegeneration, and the modification of adult neural stem cells to promote brain repair after stroke or prevent epilepsy. He serves as the Chair of DSF's Scientific Advisory Board.

Why is a patient registry so important for Dravet research?

Dr. Scott C. Baraban, UCSF

Dr. Baraban is a Professor in Residence of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and a William K Bowes. Jr. Endowed Chair in Neuroscience Research. Dr. Baraban’s laboratory has active research projects on epilepsy associated with a malformed brain; epilepsy and drug discovery in pediatric models of epilepsy in zebrafish; and development of cell based epilepsy therapy using inhibitory neural progenitor cells.

Does Dravet syndrome research have greater implications for the general epilepsy population?

Dr. Alica M. Goldman, Baylor College of Medicine

Dr Goldman is a neurologist, specializing in the field of epilepsy. She and her colleagues at The Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine, are conducting a research to identify genetic risk factors that predispose an individual to epilepsy and to sudden death.

What is a tissue bank?

Robyn Blackford, RD, Lurie Children's Hospital

Robyn is a Registered Dietician who practices in the area of the Ketogenic Diet for children with medically resistant epilepsy.

What is the ketogenic diet?

Beth Zupec-Kania, RD, The Charlie Foundation

Beth Zupec-Kania is the Consultant Dietitian to The Charlie Foundation, with over 14 years experience of using the Ketogenic diet.

What is a dietary therapy?