Adult or Child Neurology? (Recorded at Boston Children’s Hospital)
Tobias Loddenkemper, MD
Tobias Loddenkemper, MD is an Associate Professor in Neurology; and Director of Clinical Epilepsy Research at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Loddenkemper’s research is focused on identifying the factors that determine epileptic encephalopathies and status epilepticus as well as functional outcome later in life. Repetitive seizures and epileptic encephalopathy can impair development, plasticity and cognitive function of eloquent areas including language and memory. Seizure frequency reduction and seizure freedom, in particular after epilepsy surgery, has been shown to improve neurocognitive and developmental outcome. By identifying biomarkers that indicate predictors of cerebral damage and developmental outcome in epileptic encephalopathies and status epilepticus, we intend to reduce the occurrence of brain damage and later developmental disabilities and aim to identify novel therapeutic approaches.