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VISE Fall Seminar with Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD 12.1.22

Posted by on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 in News.

VISE Fall Seminar
to be led by

Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD
Loughridge Williams Professor
Director, Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC)

Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience and Neurosurgery
Yale University School of Medicine








Date: Thursday, December 1, 2022
Time: 11:45 a.m. Lunch, 12:00 p.m. start
Location: Stevenson 5326

Stimulation of the Thalamus for Arousal Restoral in Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (START) Clinical Trial

Fundamental investigations have shown that impaired consciousness in temporal lobe epilepsy arises from decreased subcortical arousal. Based on this our goal is to provide a novel therapeutic option for temporal lobe epilepsy patients when focal impaired awareness seizures cannot be stopped by medications, surgical or laser ablation, or by neurostimulation. Using novel technology and neurostimulation approaches our aim is restore consciousness through stimulation of the bilateral central thalamus. If successful, addition of bilateral thalamic stimulation to existing responsive neurostimulation to rescue consciousness would greatly alter clinical practice and patient outcomes.

Short biography:
Dr. Blumenfeld is the Loughridge-Williams Professor of Neurology, Neuroscience, and Neurosurgery at Yale University. He is an expert on brain mechanisms of consciousness and altered consciousness in epilepsy. He directs the Yale Clinical Neuroscience Imaging Center (CNIC), is an active epilepsy neurologist, and leads multi-disciplinary research largely funded by NIH.  In addition to authoring numerous peer-reviewed articles he also wrote a widely acclaimed textbook, “Neuroanatomy through Clinical Cases,” used in over half the medical schools in the United States.

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