Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-06 08:10:50



Honors Course

BIOL 499

Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Many studies examine the treatment options for epilepsy; however, there is a lack of reviews compiling and evaluating the current treatments for drug-resistant epilepsy (DRE). This project aims to explore the existing body of research studies completed on treating DRE, evaluate the effectiveness of each treatment option, and assess what areas of research need more attention for future studies. Six primary DRE treatments from current research were thoroughly examined for this review. The quality of each treatment was evaluated based on the number of patients who had seizure freedom, had a seizure reduction, had adverse events, and had changes in a Quality of Life score. The six treatments examined were: deep brain stimulation, ketogenic diet, medical Cannabis and delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, stereotactic radiosurgery, resective surgery, and vagus nerve stimulation. Evaluating studies that test the effective treatments for DRE is designed to help direct the scientific community's research and enable the population of people diagnosed with DRE to find an effective treatment for their symptoms.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Qin Liu

First Reader

Dr. Ashley Wain

Second Reader

Dr. Ashley Ramer

Honors Faculty Advisor

Dr. Brian Bagatto

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Signature Page for Final Project Submission

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Neurosciences Commons



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