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Complex epilepsy

The research group Complex epilepsy's main aim is to obtain new knowledge which will enhance the ability of The National Centre for Epilepsy (SSE) to conduct its five main tasks. Thus, the research's initial aim is to improve clinical care.

The main tasks of SSE for which the centre has a national responsibility:

  • Medical evaluation and treatment of people with pharmaco-resistant epilepsy
  • Selection and evaluation of candidates for epilepsy surgery – and postoperative follow-up
  • Dietary treatment for epilepsy
  • Evaluation and diagnostic work-up in patients with psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES)
  • Medical evaluation and treatment of people with epilepsy and intellectual disability

About the group

Currently there is ongoing research within the following areas:

  • Characterization of phenotype and genotype in different epilepsy syndromes
  • Pharmacokinetic studies of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs)
  • Studies of efficacy and tolerability of different treatment modalities; AEDs, surgery, neurostimulation and ketogenic diets
  • Comorbidities associated with epilepsy, e.g. neuropsychiatric, neurocognitive and psychosocial problems
  • Studies of patients with PNES


This broad range of areas requires close collaboration with research groups in Norway and abroad.


  • St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital
  • Oslo University Hospital


  • EURAP - European Registry of Antiepileptic drugs and Pregnancy, Milan, Italy
  • EpiCare - European Reference Network for rare and complex epilepsies
  • Danish Epilepsy Center, Dianalund, Denmark
  • Bonn University Hospital, Germany
  • Sahlgrenska University Hospital, Sweden
Published Oct. 18, 2018 8:52 AM - Last modified Oct. 7, 2020 1:22 PM


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