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Zelano Research Group

Johan Zelano

Johan Zelano is a consultant neurologist at Sahlgrenska university hospital and assistant professor at Sahlgrenska academy, University of Gothenburg. He is the adult epilepsy team director at Sahlgrenska university hospital. The research group belongs to the Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology, and became a part of the Wallenberg Centre for Molecular and Translational medicine in June 2020.


Research goals

The goal of the research is to improve diagnosis, treatment, and health care of persons with epilepsy, with a specific focus on epilepsy acquired in adulthood. From animal models, we know that inflammation and reorganization of brain networks are key aspects of development of epilepsy and an important aim is to identify biomarkers of these processes to allow early detection, diagnosis and in the longer run prevention.

Once epilepsy is established, there is also a need for biomarkers of seizures (treatment effect) and more information on optimal choice of antiepileptic drugs, and the impact of epilepsy on overall prognosis.

Research methods

We do clinical studies collecting blood or csf biobanks linked to clinical follow-up, epidemiological research based on national registers, and neuroimaging. The group has multiple national and international collaborations. In 2020 we plan to start a large biobank study of epilepsy in VGR (see information below)

Contact Information

Johan Zelano


Department of Clinical Neuroscience at Institute of Neuroscience and Physiology
Box 430
405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Blå Stråket 7, Plan 3, Sahlgrenska , 413 45 Göteborg

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