What is ERGENT?

ERGENT is a study being conducted by a multi-institutional research team to learn how to better diagnose babies with seizures very soon after birth, so treatment may be targeted to the specific cause. 

Seizures in babies can be the result of a birth injury, but in about 5-10 percent of instances, they are caused by a specific genetic change. Research has allowed doctors to learn features that are common in babies with genetic epilepsy. ERGENT provides comprehensive free-of-charge genetic testing for qualified babies experiencing seizures. 

Who can apply for free genetic testing for newborn patients or children with seizures?

Application is very easy, but only a treating medical provider can apply. We will notify the applying doctor (or neonatal nurse practitioner) if their patient meets study criteria very quickly, at the latest, within 8-16 hours.

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