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The ‘Holy Grail’ of epilepsy research
Dr. Taufik Valiante

​Neurosurgeon Dr. Taufik Valiante thinks an implanted electronic device could sense and stop seizures.

​Neurosurgeon Dr. Taufik Valiante thinks an implanted electronic device could sense and stop seizures

As tech-savvy citizens of the world, we’ve become accustomed to the idea of a tiny computer chip controlling the functions of a sophisticated device, whether it’s a mobile phone, a laptop or an automobile. But what if an especially “smart” computer chip could control activity in the most sophisticated machine of all – the human brain?​

Dr. Taufik Valiante, scientist at the Krembil Research Institute and neurosurgeon at Toronto Western Hospital, is working toward what he calls the "Holy Grail" of epilepsy research – an electronic device implanted in the brain that could monitor brain activity, sense a coming seizure and prevent it from happening, all without the patient's awareness.