The annual suicide mortality rate among people with epilepsy is 22 percent higher than in the general population, Columbia University Medical Center researchers have found.
Wayne Frankel, the newest member of the Institute for Genomic Medicine, says recent advances in gene discovery and editing are illuminating epilepsy.
Mailman professor Dale Hesdorffer examines association between epilepsy and suicidal behavior, strengthening evidence of an underlying commonality.
Two Columbia faculty are part of a 61-member international research team that discovered 25 epilepsy-causing mutations in new and previously identified genes.
Dr. Pedley was elected president of the American Academy of Neurology, the world's largest professional association of neurologists.
This study -- led by CUMC's Dr. Melodie Winawer -- is the first to confirm a shared genetic susceptibility to epilepsy and migraine.