The Human Epilepsy Project (HEP)

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Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : April 30, 2014
Last Update Posted : October 13, 2017
The Epilepsy Study Consortium
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
New York University School of Medicine

Brief Summary:
HEP is a five-year, prospective, observational study whose primary goal is to identify clinical characteristics and biomarkers predictive of disease outcome, progression, and treatment response in participants with newly treated focal epilepsy.

Condition or disease
Focal Epilepsy

Detailed Description:

Epilepsy is a serious disease. It affects approximately 2.4 million Americans, with a lifetime risk estimated at 3%. More than 181,000 Americans develop epilepsy every year, and a substantial proportion has seizures that cannot be controlled by available medications. For the vast majority of patients with epilepsy, we do not understand the biological basis of their disease; we do not know whether a given anti-epileptic drug (AED) will be effective; and we cannot predict the severity of the seizure disorder, the potential emergence of co-morbidities, or the likelihood of remission.

The Human Epilepsy Project seeks to answer these unknowns by collecting high-resolution clinical information and treatment response, MRIs, EEGs, and blood and urine samples for biomarkers. A major outcome of the project is to create an open data repository of clinical information and biologic samples for future studies.

HEP may have a transformative impact on epilepsy diagnosis and treatment by identifying critical clinical features and biomarkers at the onset of epilepsy that can be used to predict outcome and guide therapy. We hope to identify subsets of patients at high risk for pharmacoresistance who may benefit from more aggressive initial therapy and earlier consideration for surgical treatment. The existence of biomarkers that predict the likelihood of disease remission would dramatically affect treatment decisions and counseling for millions of patients.

In addition to its impact on current clinical care, the data and specimens collected in HEP, including sequential neuroimaging, electrophysiology and metabolite profiles, and banked DNA for the purpose of future genomics studies, have the potential to provide new insights into the biological basis of focal epilepsy, which will advance our efforts to discover effective treatments and cures for this disorder.

Study Type : Observational [Patient Registry]
Estimated Enrollment : 600 participants
Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Target Follow-Up Duration: 3 Years
Official Title: The Human Epilepsy Project
Study Start Date : July 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : May 2018
Estimated Study Completion Date : May 2018

focal epilepsy
observational study

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Presence of Biomarker(s) Predictive of Anti-epileptic Drug Treatment Response [ Time Frame: up to 36 months ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
whole blood, plasma, urine

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Ages Eligible for Study:   12 Years to 60 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
Epilepsy/Neurology clinical centers

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Clinical seizure(s) and history consistent with focal epilepsy
  • At least two confirmed spontaneous seizures, at least 24 hours apart, in the 12 months prior to enrollment
  • Complete AED history prior to enrollment (with approximate dates and doses) is available (exception can be made for AEDs taken for <1 week)
  • Age ≥12 years and ≤60 years at time of seizure onset
  • Age ≥12 years and ≤60 years at time of enrollment
  • Treatment instituted not more than 4 months prior to enrollment
  • One of the following:

    1. Normal MRI with inter-ictal EEG showing focal abnormality (focal sharp waves or focal slowing)
    2. Normal MRI and normal inter-ictal EEG, with clinical or electrographic seizure activity on ictal EEG
    3. Definitive clinical history of recurrent seizures consistent with focal epilepsy, adjudicated by central reviewers, if normal MRI and normal EEG
    4. Focal lesion (non-progressive) on MRI with normal EEG (acceptable focal lesions include MTS, FCD, single cavernoma, and AVMs that are not of large size and lack significant amounts of hemosiderin)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Idiopathic or symptomatic generalized epilepsy
  • Any epilepsy etiology that could produce significant gliosis or brain injury and would be likely to alter biomarkers. These include:

    1. Epilepsy with an etiology occurring in the previous two years that would produce significant CNS injury (e.g., traumatic brain injury that involves direct disruption of brain tissue, stroke, encephalitis)
    2. History of intracranial bleeding (e.g., subarachnoid, intraparenchymal)
  • Identified genetic epilepsy syndrome
  • Presence of moderate or greater developmental or cognitive delay prior to seizure onset (e.g., if an adolescent, not in self-contained classroom; if IQ is documented, should be > 70)
  • History of chronic drug or alcohol abuse within the last 2 years
  • IGE/focal epilepsy mixed syndromes
  • Progressive neurological disorder (brain tumor, AD, PME, etc.)
  • Major medical co-morbidities such as renal failure requiring dialysis, metastatic cancer, HIV, or significant liver or renal disease
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Seizures only during pregnancy
  • History of previous or current significant psychiatric disorder that would interfere with conduct of the study

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02126774

Contact: Sabrina Cristofaro

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United States, Alabama
University of Alabama Recruiting
Birmingham, Alabama, United States
United States, California
University of California San Francisco Recruiting
San Francisco, California, United States
United States, Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado Recruiting
Denver, Colorado, United States
United States, Connecticut
Yale University Recruiting
New Haven, Connecticut, United States
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University of Miami Recruiting
Miami, Florida, United States
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Emory University Recruiting
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Baltimore, Maryland, United States
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Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center Recruiting
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
United States, Massachusetts
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Massachusetts General Hospital Recruiting
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
United States, Michigan
University of Michigan Recruiting
Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
United States, Minnesota
Mayo Clinic Recruiting
Rochester, Minnesota, United States
Minnesota Epilepsy Group Recruiting
Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
United States, Missouri
Washington University Recruiting
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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University of Nebraska Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Omaha, Nebraska, United States
United States, New Jersey
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Recruiting
Livingston, New Jersey, United States
United States, New York
North Shore-LIJ Health System Recruiting
Great Neck, New York, United States
Albert Einstein College of Medicine Recruiting
New York, New York, United States
Columbia University Medical Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States
New York University Langone Medical Center Recruiting
New York, New York, United States
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Geisinger Medical Center Not yet recruiting
Danville, Pennsylvania, United States
Thomas Jefferson University Recruiting
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Medical University of South Carolina Recruiting
Charleston, South Carolina, United States
United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt University Recruiting
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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University of Texas Recruiting
Houston, Texas, United States
Austin Hospital, University of Melbourne Recruiting
Melbourne, Australia
Royal Melbourne Hospital Recruiting
Melbourne, Australia
Prince of Wales Hospital, University of New South Wales Not yet recruiting
Sydney, Australia
Canada, Ontario
University of Western Ontario Recruiting
London, Ontario, Canada
Sponsors and Collaborators
New York University School of Medicine
The Epilepsy Study Consortium
Principal Investigator: Ruben Kuzniecky, MD New York University, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Principal Investigator: Jacqueline French, MD New York University, Comprehensive Epilepsy Center
Principal Investigator: Daniel Lowenstein, MD University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurology

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: New York University School of Medicine Identifier: NCT02126774     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 12-02865
First Posted: April 30, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: October 13, 2017
Last Verified: October 2017

Keywords provided by New York University School of Medicine:
focal epilepsy

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Epilepsies, Partial
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases