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Pedro Irazoqui Receives Coulter Phase II Early Career Award

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation has rewarded the research efforts of Professor Pedro Irazoqui with a Coulter Phase II Early Career Award.

Professor Irazoqui and his research team have been collaborating with Dr. Robert Worth, a professor of neurosurgery at the Indiana University School of Medicine, in developing a continuous wireless seizure monitoring device.

Currently, 2.5 million Americans and 50 million people worldwide suffer from epilepsy. Current treatment methods include drugs (to which 30-40% of patients are non-responsive), surgery (which is unsuccessful 35-50% of the time) and responsive neurostimulation (being investigated by medical device companies such as Cyberonics, Neuropace and Medtronic).

Professor Irazoqui and his team are investigating an integrated package of ASIC and MEMS sensors with wireless power delivery and data telemetry to sense neural activity and detect seizures. Current work is focusing on testing the design and developing a final prototype with improved sensitivity and seizure detection specificity, with a goal of creating a device to alleviate and control epileptic seizures that can be produced at a reasonable cost to patients worldwide.