Neuroscience: Then and Now

When I fell out of that tree in 1964, special doctors called neurologists made sure everything was just fine with my brain.

A patient undergoes epilepsy monitoring at CHOC at Mission Hospital.

Since then, I’ve enjoyed watching how things have changed in the field of neuroscience, especially when it comes to epilepsy treatment.

Epilepsy is a relatively common condition that causes the body to produce seizures. In the 1960s, children with epilepsy relied solely on medication to limit seizures.

Today, we have a variety of treatment options. Children may still rely on medication, but also great advancements have come in epilepsy surgery. Other options include a special diet or a technique called Vagus Nerve Stimulation that sends small pulses of energy to the brain from a large nerve in the neck.

We also have new technology and techniques to learn more about a patient’s seizures. Epilepsy monitoring units help patients undergo intensive neuro-diagnostic monitoring around the clock to pinpoint where and why a patient experiences a seizure.

No matter the treatment method, kids with epilepsy are in great hands and have bright futures thanks to CHOC and its Neuroscience Institute.


CHOC Children’s Neuroscience Institute specializes in bringing hope to patients and their families living with complex neurological disorders. The largest and most comprehensive neuroscience center in the region, the institute has clinical and support staff who are specifically trained in the care of children. The institute offers an extensive baclofen pump program; serves as the only regional, dedicated pediatric neuroscience inpatient unit; and is one a handful of epilepsy programs in the country that provides continuous care for infants through adolescents.

Learn more about CHOC’s Neuroscience Institute.

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