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Leon D. Iasemidis, Ph.D.

AIMBE College of Fellows Class of 2014
For outstanding contributions to understanding the origin of and to developing methods for diagnosing, predicting and treating epileptic seizures.

Iasemidis Receives NSF Grant to Advance Brain Research in Epilepsy

Via Louisiana Tech | August 22, 2016

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a team led by Dr. Leonidas Iasemidis, the Rhodes Eminent Scholar Chair and professor of biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech University, a $6 million grant over four years to investigate the origins and impacts of brain seizures associated with epilepsy.

Through its Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), NSF announced 11 awards totaling $55 million aimed at building research capacity to address fundamental questions about the brain and develop new innovations at the intersection of food, energy and water systems.  Iasemidis’ project titled, “Probing and Understanding the Brain: Micro and Macro Dynamics of Seizure and Memory Networks,” seeks transformative advances and understanding of the brain’s function, in particular the explanation of the foundations of transitions of brain networks from normal states into crises such as seizures.
“Epilepsy can serve as a unique window into the brain function because it causes impairment of functions depending on the location of the epileptogenic focus and the extent of the seizure networks in the brain,” said Iasemidis. “In this project, our team will conduct and analyze long-term, in-depth, electro-encephalographic (EEG) and electrochemical recordings, long-term in-depth optical imaging, and short-term magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings from the brains of animal and human subjects with epilepsy to uncover the causes of seizures, as well as their impact on higher brain functions such as memory.

“Epilepsy can serve as a unique window into the brain function because it causes impairment of functions depending on the location of the epileptogenic focus and the extent of the seizure networks in the brain,” said Iasemidis. “In this project, our team will conduct and analyze long-term, in-depth, electro-encephalographic (EEG) and electrochemical recordings, long-term in-depth optical imaging, and short-term magnetoencephalographic (MEG) recordings from the brains of animal and human subjects with epilepsy to uncover the causes of seizures, as well as their impact on higher brain functions such as memory.

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Renowned Researcher to Join Biomedical Engineering Program

Via Louisiana Tech University News | September 4, 2012

The College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University is pleased to announce that Dr. Leon Iasemidis will join the biomedical engineering and rehabilitation science program this fall as the H.A. ‘Dusty’ Rhodes Eminent Scholar Chair.

Iasemidis joins Louisiana Tech after several years at Arizona State University where he earned tenure as an associate professor of bioengineering.  He was also an affiliate professor of electrical engineering and of neurosciences, and was an adjunct professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in Phoenix.

A recognized expert in nonlinear dynamics and epileptic research, Iasemidis brings an outstanding history of scholarship to Louisiana Tech. His research has stimulated an international interest in the prediction and control of epileptic seizures and an understanding of how epilepsy develops.

Dr. Eric Guilbeau, director of biomedical engineering at Louisiana Tech, says that this addition to the faculty will help continue the program’s tradition of excellence.

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