The Epilepsy Center at Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute offers the most advanced care for people of all ages with seizures and all forms of epilepsy.

We set the gold standard for diagnosis and care. When you or a loved one have a seizure, getting the right diagnosis quickly is very important. More than 2 million Americans will have a seizure at some point, but only one or two out of 100 actually have epilepsy. To get the most effective treatment, you must be diagnosed correctly. The first step, however, is an accurate diagnosis – sometimes what seems like a seizure isn’t a seizure at all! Our epilepsy specialists will guide you to the right diagnosis, which is crucially important for getting you the right treatments.

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Epilepsy Conditions We Treat

If you’ve been given a diagnosis, find more information here.


Epilepsy Services We Offer

Making seizures stop without side effects that often come from medication.

Epilepsy Center Locations

Our comprehensive care includes epilepsy services offered near you.

Latest Videos

What is SUDEP? How common is it?

It's something that's been in the news a lot, #SUDEP, sudden unexplained death in epilepsy. Disney star, Cameron Boyce, died from #SUDEP over the summer. A moving article by a father who lost his 8-year-old son to #SUDEP. But what is it? We talk with Gabriel Martz, MD, Director of the Epilepsy Center at the Hartford HealthCare Neuroscience Institute. For more information, call 860.972.3621.

Medical Rounds with Dr. Erica Schuyler

Get the basics on epilepsy from Hartford HealthCare's Dr. Erica Schuyler.

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Latest News

Why the Census Is a Healthcare Issue

By Jeffrey A. Flaks Hartford HealthCare President and Chief Executive Officer and Sarah S. Lewis Hartford HealthCare Vice President, Health Equity Among the New Year’s resolutions that you’ve made (or maybe already broken), here’s one that should be easy to keep: Complete your U.S. Census form, and encourage everyone you [...]

When is a Seizure Defined as Epilepsy?

When signals in the brain misfire for whatever reason, the result can be a seizure that can include violent, spastic movements, foaming at the mouth and loss of consciousness. When someone has multiple seizures that are unpredictable, it may be epilepsy. “Epilepsy is characterized by seizures but people can have [...]

Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute to Add ‘Level 4 Epilepsy Center’

The Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute is preparing to add “Level 4 Epilepsy Center” to its list of designations and achievements, with providers and an operational team tackling the steps required to make that possible. To earn the designation from the National Association of Epilepsy Centers, the Ayer Neuroscience Institute must provide a variety [...]

Epilepsy: What Happens After You’re Diagnosed?

Nearly 60,000 people in Connecticut live with epilepsy. There are many different types of epilepsy and seizures — and they can come out of nowhere. Hartford HealthCare epileptologist Dr. Erica Schuyler explains.   Q. What is epilepsy? A: Epilepsy is recurrent, unprovoked seizures – caused by abnormal electrical activity in the [...]

Brain-Protein Study Could Lead To New Epilepsy Drugs

Research identifying the role of a specific protein in the brain in triggering epileptic seizures could spark creation of a new family of medications to help patients with the disease, according to Dr. Gabriel Martz,  director of the Epilepsy Center at the Hartford HealthCare Ayer Neuroscience Institute. The research, published in [...]

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Tuesday, Mar 03, 2020, 1:00PM - 2:30PM

Essential Tremors

In this FREE educational seminar, join board certified neurologist, Dr. Elena Bortan, to learn more about the signs and symptoms of [...]

Thursday, Mar 19, 2020, 6:00PM - 8:00PM

Understanding Strokes

In this FREE info session, join David Monti, MD, Medical Director of Hartford HealthCare Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit and board certified [...]

Tuesday, Mar 31, 2020, 6:30PM - 8:00PM

Dizziness: What Sends Your World Spinning?

In this FREE educational seminar, join board-certified neurologist, Dr. Marc Eisen, to learn more about the types of dizziness and common [...]

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