Virtual Reality to Test Driving Safety in Epilepsy

Our research study uses virtual reality driving simulation during video/EEG monitoring to learn more about driving safety in patients with epilepsy. One of the most devastating aspects of epilepsy is its effects on patients’ ability to drive. Some suffer motor vehicle accidents when they have seizures, and many others are prevented from driving for months or years at a time by state laws, doctors’ advice or fear of crashing. The goal of our research is to determine how epileptic seizures affect driving performance, and to learn which brain regions lead to impaired driving safety during and following seizures. In addition, the types of seizures which cause impaired driving safety will be investigated. Our hope is that this research will provide useful information for clinicians when discussing driving risk with their patients. Knowledge of the brain networks affected when driving safety is impaired can also lead to treatments which prevent this problem. This will enhance safety, prevent injuries, and improve the quality of life for patients with epilepsy.

For further information, contact Hal Blumenfeld, M.D., Ph.D.

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