Implantable Thermoelectric Device Helps Epilepsy

This is actually a couple years old, but I stumbled across it today.

A team at Rensselaer and the Washington University of Medicine in St. Louis are developing a small, implantable  thermoelectric device and heat pipe to cool specific portions of the brain and help inhibit epileptic seizures.  The full story,

    http://news.rpi.edu/campusnews/update.do

indicates in 2005 they were moving toward testing in primates.

A journal review article on the subject is available:

    Rothman, S.M., et al., Focal cooling for epilepsy: an alternative therapy that might actually work. Epilepsy Behav, 2005. 7(2): p. 214-21.

and a pdf of the review is available online:

    http://www.neuro.wustl.edu/bio5663/2006/Focal%20Cooling%20Epilepsy%20Behavior%20Review.pdf