VISE Fall Seminar with Hal Blumenfeld, MD, PhD 12.1.22
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.
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.