Neurology and Neurosurgery

New talent and facilities for our level 4 epilepsy center

We’re proud to offer remarkable care for epilepsy, the nation’s most common childhood brain disorder. The National Association of Epilepsy Centers has designated UC Davis as a level 4 Comprehensive Epilepsy Program — the highest rating awarded — and we’re opening a dedicated four-bed Pediatric Epilepsy Monitoring Unit with high-resolution MRI, single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), PET and surgery staging. Newly arrived pediatric epileptologist and researcher Trishna Kantemneni leads the state-of-the-art unit.

Major collaborations on sweeping neuroscience challenges

Researchers at the MIND Institute and the University of North Carolina have demonstrated for the third time that increased extra-axial cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is associated with autism spectrum disorder in young children, they reported in fall 2018 in Lancet Psychiatry. Early diagnosis can improve both treatment and quality of life. Scientists at the MIND Institute and NeuroPointDX also reported in Biological Psychiatry they have identified blood metabolites that could help detect ASD. Part of the Children’s Autism Metabolome Project (CAMP), the largest metabolomic ASD study ever attempted, the findings are a key step toward an ASD biomarker test.

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“Working with the doctors for such a long period of time, we have seen the amount of sacrifice they have to make, in order to take care of patients like our son. We are forever grateful to them!” - Andrey and Feta Kravchuk, whose newborn son Tikhon was treated for an intraventricular hemorrhage by UC Davis pediatric neurosurgeon Marike Zwienenberg.