Anti-epileptic drugs or seizure medications work well for 2 out of 3 people with epilepsy, but we need more effective therapies for people who still have seizures or side effects of medicines.
This is where stem cell therapy may someday become an alternative. For epilepsy, stem cell research is still in its infancy and has been carried out in experimental animals. There are two main ways in which stem cell therapy can be used in epilepsy. Experiments exploring the use of stem cells in epilepsy have been pioneered by Dr. Scott Baraban at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Although much more research needs to be done, stem cell therapy is an attractive and promising treatment for epilepsy.