EPICENTTRE (Epilepsy Institute and Centre for Treatment, Training, Research & Education).


We are providers of comprehensive care for people with epilepsy. Our team of qualified neurologist, neurosurgeon and neurophysiologist has extensive experience in the care of all types of epilepsy, its investigation, diagnosis and treatment, both medical and surgical. Our track record of successful outcome in a large number of patients with epilepsy from 1994 is our testimonial of good practices. We have trained medical and paramedical professionals both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and conducted clinical research, including drug trials of antiepileptic drugs and presentation of clinical material in conferences. Our education activities have a special focus on imparting knowledge about epilepsy to primary physicians and public to eliminate improper management and stigmatization and marginalization due to inadequate understanding of the disorder. Advocacy and support activities for people with epilepsy including free services for the underprivileged are part of our activities.

We service individuals with:

  • First seizures
  • Single seizures
  • Febrile seizures
  • Epilepsy in all ages
  • Multiple neurological disorders with seizures
  • Chronic, uncontrolled epilepsy
  • Seizures secondary to stroke, brain tumour, birth injury, head injury and other causes
  • Seizures associated with serious illness

To schedule appointments call +91 9840992310

Dr.Prithika Chary, MBBS,MD,DM (Neuro), Ph.D (Neuro),MCh (Neurosurgery) is a qualified Neurologist and Neurosurgeon.

She completed medical school at the Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai in 1971 and then went on to qualify for the MD,DM,Ph.D and MCh from the Government Madras Medical College, Chennai. She is practicing medicine from 1974, neurology from 1978 and neurosurgery as well from 1990 in the city of Chennai. She has vast experience in managing patients with various neurological disorders. Her interest and specialization is in Brain disorders like migraine, stroke, epilepsy, dementia, degenerative disorders of the brain like parkinsonism, etc and Neurorehabilitation.

Other activities

  • Conducting workshops and training programs in epileptology, neurophysiology for medical students, postgraduates, technologists and primary physicians
  • Doing detection &/or diagnostic epilepsy camps for NGOs
  • Advisory services to corporates on employability issues and workplace accommodation for people with epilepsy
  • Advocacy initiatives for support of people with epilepsy
  • Accepting neurology specialists as trainees to learn epileptology
  • One year diploma certification in Epilepsy issued by EPICENTTRE Associates of Chennai

Epilepsy is not the end of the world, it is not the end of anything

" To enable people with epilepsy live a full life with everyone, like everyone in spite of epilepsy "

"To provide comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services to people with epilepsy" ..

EPICENTTRE ( Epilepsy Institute and Centre for Treatment Training, Research and Education) was started on March 9th 1994 by Dr.Prithika Chary, India’s first and only Lady Neurologist & Neurosurgeon at rented premises in East Abhiramapuram, Chennai.

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One of the important thrusts of EPICENTTRE today is to improve epilepsy awareness to remove stigma, discrimination and marginalisation.

  • Programs in schools, colleges, villages, through support groups were conducted. National epilepsy day on November 17th is exploited to enable month long programs of this kind. In 2003, these talks culminated in a walk with positive banners on epilepsy on the Marina beach. Every year meaningful awareness programs are done.

  • In 2007, a two day exhibition, painting competition, lectures and demonstrations on the facts of epilepsy was done for the public In 2008 the target was school teachers and a program called Epiwareness was conducted with Q & A with neurologists, skit competition on the facts about epilepsy and a booklet Teachers Guide – enabling children with epilepsy was released.

  • In addition to this, Dr.Prithika Chary has conducted "camps in Siliguri, Guwahati, Kolkata etc where a clinic, a public awareness talk and a talk to local general physicians where the activities extend over a three day period" Since 1998 over 60 successful epilepsy surgeries have been performed and annually over 500 new patients with epilepsy have been treated with drug therapy. This has led to Dr.Prithika Chary becoming richer in expertise and experience and she is most sought after for epilepsy care by patients and colleagues from all over the world.

  • EPICENTTRE ran a monthly support group called Epiclub one day of the month for people with epilepsy and their advocates. Since June 2005, EPICENTTRE jointly with Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram, rechristined Epiclub as "Abhaya" and the inmates put up a street play highlighting the aspects of epilepsy at Rani Seethai Hall in November 2005. This has subsequently been re-enacted and brought out as an educational DVD. There was also a collage workshop in March 2006. Abhaya aims to dispel myths and stigmatization of people with epilepsy.


Dr. Prithika Chary addressing Primary
Care Physicians at Guwahati


Members of epilepsy support group interacting with each other


Epilepsy Day 2008 - Target – School Teachers


Epilepsy Day 2008 - Target – School Teachers


Epilepsy Day 2008 – Target Children in an orphanage


Epilepsy Day 2008 – Chief Guest – MD and Chief of an exclusive
International Residential School in Chennai