• Akdag, Sare


    Investigator, BC Children's Hospital

    Pediatric Neuropsychology Service, Department of Psychology, BC Children's Hospital

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia

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    Primary Area of Research
    Brain, Behaviour & Development
    Secondary Area(s) of Research
    Lab Phone
    Mailing Address

    BC Children's Hospital Research Institute
    Room V2-244
    950 W 28th Ave
    Vancouver, BC V5Z 4H4

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    Research Areas

    Neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioural sequelae of childhood seizures and epilepsy.   


    Sometimes children who have seizures experience problems with thinking/learning, communication, behaviour, emotions, or social relationships because of the seizures or the underlying brain abnormalities that are causing the seizures. My research focuses on these possible difficulties and how they might be related to the child's neurological condition and quality of life.  I am also interested in how thinking/learning, communication, behaviour, emotions, and social relationships can change (improve or get worse) depending on the treatment a child receives for seizures.

    Current Projects

    Impact of Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery on Health-Related Quality Of Life
    Site Co-Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    The purpose of this study is to find out whether the type of epilepsy treatment (seizure medication alone versus epilepsy surgery) affects the quality of life of children with epilepsy and how the children's quality of life changes over time. This study also examines if other factors such as children’s or parents’ mood, family resources and demands influence the children's quality of life.

    Multi-site Pediatric Network for fMRI Mapping in Childhood Epilepsy
    Site Co-Investigator, BC Children’s Hospital
    Some people with epilepsy have the language areas of their brain organized in a way that is different from the usual way.  The purpose of this study is to show that fMRI can be used to identify these differences in children with epilepsy.

    Outcome Trajectories in Children with Epilepsy: What Factors of Important?
    Site Co-Investigator, BC Children's Hospital
    The purpose of this study is to find out how epilepsy affects the quality of life of children.  This study examines the child, family and community factors that are important to the well being of these children. 

    Selected Publications

    Fay-McClymont, T.B., Hrabok, M., Sherman, E.M., Harder, W.J., Connolly, M.B., Akdag, S., Mohamend, I.S., & Wiebe, S. (2012). Systematic review and case series of neuropsychological functioning after epilepsy surgery in children with dysembryoplastic neuroepithelial tumors (DNET). Epilepsy & Behavior, 23, 481-486.

    Sherman, E. M. S., Brooks, B.L., Akdag, S., Connolly, M.B., & Wiebe, S. (2010). Parents report more ADHD symptoms than do teachers in children with epilepsy. Epilepsy & Behavior, 19, 428-435. 

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