The future of research on epilepsy
The next decades hold many challenges for research on epilepsy. A genetic diagnosis must become available to everyone. Actually this is not the case. The many forms of epilepsy are diagnosed only in specific laboratories. With the development of extended accessibility to these tests, we can anticipate an ethic issue that will have to be dealt with in time. Research on strain cell is certainly uplifting but major obstacles are to be overridden before we obtain therapeutic results. In the pharmacotherapy area we will have to be able to identify patients affected by the different forms of epilepsy, either resulting from lack of inhibition or from excessive triggering in order to determine appropriate medication. We are already exploring spectroscopic studies by magnetic resonance in an attempt to find answers to these questions.
Research on epilepsy is booming and Canada remains a world leader in the field.