Julia Jacobs-LeVan

Dr. Julia Jacobs-Levan


Associate Professor

Cumming School of Medicine

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Child Health & Wellness Researcher

Alberta Children's Hospital Research Institute

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Areas of Research


Dr. Jacobs is the director of the pediatric epilepsy program at the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Her research aims to improve the diagnostic tools and outcome prediction in children with rare and difficult to treat epilepsy.   Dr. Jacobs’s research interests include:

  • The analysis of High Frequency Oscillations (HFOs) as EEG biomarkers using intracranial as well as scalp EEG. 
  • Identifying epileptic networks involved in the generation of inter-ictal epileptic spikes using methods such as simultaneous EEG and functional MRI (fMRI).
  • Understanding the interactions between epileptic EEG activity, sleep and cognition in early epileptic encephalopathies.
  • Finding EEG predictors in children with early brain injury to assess their risk of developing epilepsy.
  • Identification of outcome predictors for children undergoing epilepsy surgery. 
  • Improving outcome and understanding co-morbidities in children with Hypothalamic Hamartomas

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