Organized in 1986, the UAB Epilepsy Center is an effort of the Department of Neurology in conjunction with UAB Hospital to offer clinical, research, and education services to patients with epilepsy. Located in the Civitan International Research Center, we are one of the largest and most active centers in the country and the only one in Alabama. As a Level 4 Center, the highest level recognized by the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, we have the capability to diagnose and treat epilepsy using the latest and most current medical and surgical techniques available anywhere in the world.
State-of-the-art facilities and equipment are available for diagnostic studies and treatment. Intracranial electrode implantation, cortical stimulation studies, specialized EEG procedures, and a full range of conventional and special tests are available. The only magnetoencephalography (MEG) laboratory in the Southeast, the UAB-HSF MEG Laboratory, is part of the Epilepsy Center. MEG provides a more accurate way of locating the origin of seizures and is also used to locate brain areas responsible for speech, sensation, and vision. This makes surgery safer and more effective.
The center's Women With Epilepsy Clinic addresses specific concerns related to women living with epilepsy. This clinic focuses on family planning, managing seizures during pregnancy, post-partum care, breast feeding, bone health, and post-menopausal seizure related issues.