“It is less the money than the focus of the money and what it is doing. You could throw money and waste it and not be using it well. I have very specific ideas about how that money could be spent.”
Your MONEAD study received continued funding?
We did get funded, so we are moving ahead with the study. We have completed all the pregnancies, now. Later this summer we will have finished the first point of cognitive testing with the kids which is two years of age. We will follow them to age six because it is the best predictor of outcomes. » Read more
EXPLORING THE TRUTH ABOUT HOW THE FDA AND MEDICAL FIELD IGNORED THE EVIDENCE THAT ANTI-EPILEPTIC DRUGS CAUSE MALFORMATION AND OTHER BRAIN DAMAGE TO THE UNBORN DURING PREGNANCY.
Dr. Kimford Meador is a Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences at Stanford University, and Clinical Director, Stanford Comprehensive Epilepsy Center. You can read Dr. Meador’s complete bio by clicking HERE.
Interview with Dr. Meador by: Simone L Graham – Executive Director HIS » Read more
The MONEAD Study – Maternal Outcomes of Neurological Effects of Anti-epileptic Drugs
“One of the key questions that this study is exploring is if the medicines the mothers-to-be must take to control seizures have a negative, lasting impact on their babies’ developing brains.”
“Although the majority of children born to mothers with epilepsy are normal, they are at increased risk for developmental delay. It is possible that the anti-epileptics drugs taken during the mother’s pregnancy may adversely affect the child, but the vast majority of these mothers do not have the choice of stopping the medication because the risk of seizures causing injury or death to both the mother and the child are greater than the risks of the medications. Thus, it is critical for us to understand if there are differences between the anti-epileptic drugs in their effects on the child’s ultimate cognitive abilities and behavior. Without this information, patients and their physicians cannot choose the medicine which is best for the child.”
Please Participate In Our Survey
Were you pregnant while taking AEDs? When you find us, we find you! We will contact you about the survey when we are ready to begin. Send us your contact information with a note expressing you interest in participating.
The Search/ Survey will:
- Inform all women who use or have used AEDs that these medications can alter their baby’s brain.
- Determine how many children have been affected.
- Determine how many asperger or autistic cases resulted from AED exposure during pregnancy.
- Identify learning and communication problems these children have.