Eleonora Tamilia is Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and Boston Children's Hospital (BCH). Her research is focused on the development of novel analytical neurophysiology methods to augment our understanding of the human epileptic brain and improve treatments. Her training and experience lie at the intersection between neuroimaging, bioengineering and pediatrics.
Dr. Tamilia is a faculty member of the Fetal-neonatal Neuroimaging Developmental Science Center (FNNDSC) of BCH (directed by Prof. P Ellen Grant), which conducts research across multiple domains from the fields of medicine, engineering, computer science, and neuroscience to support and foster cutting edge clinical and translational science.
The research activities of Dr. Tamilia's team are dedicated to:
(1) study the electrophysiological activity of the epileptic brain and develop new analytic approaches to untangle the epileptogenic brain network through the advanced analysis of scalp electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and intracranial EEG data;
(2) develop novel computer-aided approaches to unravel “invisible” epiletiform features of the brain activity, which can inform us on epileptogenicity, albeit not visibly identifiable by the human reader; and
(3) exploring the link between early motor behavior and neurological status of neonates via non-invasive tools in order to facilitate early diagnosis of brain injury or predict neurodevelopmental delays.
Tamilia is also a member of the Clinical MEG Service at Boston Children's Hospital. The facility uses a high-resolution pediatric MEG system (the BabyMEG), which is unique in the world, and scalp EEG for the localization of epileptic activity in pediatric patients with medically refractory epilepsy who are undergoing presurgical evaluation for epilepsy neurosurgery.