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Trenton J. Tollefson, M.D.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 341-7500

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

groupAn Accountable Health Partner

assignmentAccepting New Patients

Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Setting

Neurology

Credentials

Specialties

  • Clinical Neurophysiology - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • Epilepsy - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • Neurology - American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology

Education

2011
MD | University of Minnesota Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2016 - 06/30/2017
Fellowship in Epilepsy at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Fellowship in Clinical Neurophysiology at University of Rochester Medical Center

07/01/2012 - 06/30/2015
Residency in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/24/2011 - 06/23/2012
Internship in Neurology at University of Rochester Medical Center

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Awards

2014
Humanism in Medicine Resident Teaching Award
Sponsor: Arnold P Gold Foundation
Location: University of Rochester, Rochester NY

2009
Developing Vision Screening Skills of Augsburg Fairview Academy (AFA) Students for Use in Underserved Minneapolis Public Schools
Sponsor: Distinction in Health Improvement
Location: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis MN

2003 - 2006
Dean's List
Sponsor: College of Biological Sciences
Location: University of Minnesota, Minneapolis MN

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Clinical Trials

STARSTIM: SAFETY AND THERAPEUTIC MEASURES OF TRANSCRANIAL CATHODAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION (TDCS) IN PATIENTS WITH REFRACTORY FOCAL EPILEPSY,STARSTIM: SAFETY AND THERAPEUTIC MEASURES OF TRANSCRANIAL CATHODAL DIRECT CURRENT STIMULATION (TDCS) IN PATIENTS WITH REFRACTORY FOCAL EPILEPSY

Lead Researcher: Trenton J Tollefson

This is a multiple site, randomized, double blinded parallel-group controlled study. The purpose of this study is to evaluate efficacy, safety, and tolerability of repeated, daily sessions with the STARSTIM device, which delivers transcranial cathodal direct current stimulation (tDCS). Subjects will be assigned to receive treatment with either STARTSTIM or a sham device for 10 sessions over a 2-week period. The subjects will be followed for an additional 10 weeks post treatment. Quality of Life questionnaires and adverse events will be collected and evaluated.

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A double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of intravenous ganaxolone in status epilepticus

Lead Researcher: Trenton J Tollefson

Potential participants may be identified in the emergency department, ICU or other units in the hospital, and will be consented/assented and then screened for inclusion/exclusion criteria prior to being randomized to start IP treatment. Investigational product (ganaxalone) will be administered as a 3-minute bolus that will be started with a continuous IV infusion lasting for 36 hours and followed by a 12- hour taper. After the Investigational Product has been discontinued, the follow-up period assessments/procedures will be collected every 24 hours through 120 hours and at the time of hospital discharge followed by weekly visits/contacts at Week 1, 2, 3 and 4. Males or females aged 18 or older and admitted to the hospital in a state of status epilepticus are eligible. Patients with a history of status epilepticus may pre-consent to participate in the study.

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A Randomized, Double-blind, Placebo-controlled, Parallel Group, Multicenter Trial of CVL-865 as Adjunctive Therapy in Adults With Drug-Resistant Focal Onset Seizures (REALIZE Trial)

Lead Researcher: Trenton J Tollefson

The purpose of this study is to assess the efficacy, safety, and tolerability profile of CVL-865 as adjunctive treatment in participants with drug-resistant focal onset seizures.

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Publications

Journal Articles

7/3/2018
Tollefson TJ, Berg MJ. "Comment: Ghrelin and des-acyl ghrelin: Do they predict success of AED treatment?" Neurology.. 2018 Jul 3; 91(1):29. Epub 2018 May 25.

9/11/2017
Garcea FE, Chernoff BL, Diamond B, Lewis W, Sims MH, Tomlinson SB, Teghipco A, Belkhir R, Gannon SB, Erickson S, Smith SO, Stone J, Liu L, Tollefson T, Langfitt J, Marvin E, Pilcher WH, Mahon BZ. "Direct Electrical Stimulation in the Human Brain Disrupts Melody Processing." Current biology : CB.. 2017 Sep 11; 27(17):2684-2691.e7. Epub 2017 Aug 24.

6/13/2017
Thompson Stone R, Tollefson T, Epstein R, Jozefowicz RF, Mink JW. "Education Research: Positive effect of scheduled faculty modeling on clerkship student bedside skills exposure and learning." Neurology.. 2017 Jun 13; 88(24):e236-e239.

Books & Chapters

2018
Chapter Title: Pregnancy and Epilepsy
Book Title: Neurological Diseases and Pregnancy
Author List: Tollefson T, Liu LC
Edited By: Ciafaloni E, Thornburg LL, Bushnell CD
Published By: Oxford University Press 2018

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