Advancing Understanding of the Neurobehavioral Comorbidities of Epilepsy

Edited By Bruce Hermann PhD, Associate Editor, Marco Mula MD, Associate Editor, Christian Elger MD, Associate Editor and Steven Schachter MD, Editor-in-Chief

In this first Virtual Special Issue from Epilepsy & Behavior we include a mixture of contributions that address important ongoing clinical and research issues in epilepsy involving cognition (Object Naming in Epilepsy and Epilepsy Surgery), behavior (Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents with Epilepsy: What do we know?), and areas that are under-investigated but important and promising including the potential genetic contributions to cognition in epilepsy (Genetics of Cognition in Epilepsy) and the potential impact of related health concerns in epilepsy that are known to be important for cognition and behavior in other clinical groups (Atherosclerosis in Epilepsy: Its causes and implications). Network science applications designed to better understand the cognitive and behavioral problems of epilepsy have lagged behind their application to other areas in epilepsy such as neuroimaging and EEG. A primer of network analysis as applied to epilepsy is included in this virtual special issue for that purpose (Network Analysis for a Network Disorder: The emerging role of graph theory in the study of epilepsy). Finally, epilepsy is a neurological disorder where social factors exert a significant impact on care, outcomes and disparities and as such they deserve careful consideration (Social Determinants of Health in Epilepsy). These papers come from the E&B category of “Targeted Reviews” which are length-limited reviews that are tightly focused on 3-5 specific questions of interest.