Lab works across disciplines to improve life for people with epilepsy, aphasia – Mirage News

Leonardo Bonilha, M.D., Ph.D.

Leonardo Bonilha, M.D. Ph.D., sees his clinical work and his research work as a seamless whole.

“I actually don’t see it as two different things. I think my job as a physician is to help people, but also to better understand diseases so treatments can improve,” said the SmartState endowed chair for brain imaging.

A neurologist, Bonilha splits his research interests between two important problems – epilepsy and aphasia. Epilepsy is one of the world’s oldest recognized conditions, going back to 4000 B.C., notes the World Health Organization. Doctors and researchers are still trying to fully understand the disease. Aphasia is a condition in which a person can’t produce or can’t understand language. It’s caused by damage to the brain, usually because of stroke.

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