Category: "Research"

Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery—answers may lead to epilepsy treatment

Scientists solve century-old neuroscience mystery—answers may lead to epilepsy treatment

Scientists at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute have solved a 125-year-old mystery of the brain, and, in the process, uncovered a potential treatment for acquired epilepsy. Since 1893, scientists have known about enigmatic structures called perineuronal nets wrapped around neurons, but the function of the nets remained elusive. Now, a research team led by […]

The Role Of Autoantibodies In Epilepsy

The Role Of Autoantibodies In Epilepsy

The immune system normally protects a person from infections by making specialised agents called antibodies which normally recognise “foreign targets” and destroy them. Doctors utilise this function through vaccinations, which are used for immunization. Sometimes, the immune system can become “over-excited” and instead of attacking foreign bodies it attacks its own tissues, causing a disease, […]

Neuroene Therapeutics awarded $1.5 million to develop anti-seizure compound for epilepsy

Neuroene Therapeutics awarded $1.5 million to develop anti-seizure compound for epilepsy

With funding from NIH Phase II SBIR grant, Neuroene Therapeutics will take the next steps toward bringing their vitamin K analogues for drug-resistant epilepsy to clinical trial Neuroene Therapeutics, a start-up company founded by mitochondrial biologist Sherine S. L. Chan, Ph.D. and medicinal chemist C. James Chou, Ph.D. of the Medical University of South Carolina, […]

New causative gene found in severe childhood epilepsy

New causative gene found in severe childhood epilepsy

A large international research team has discovered a new genetic cause for a severe, difficult-to-treat childhood epilepsy syndrome. Spontaneous mutations in one gene disrupt the flow of calcium in brain cells, resulting in epileptic overactivity. The team’s research in patients also found clues to potential medical treatments for the rare condition. “Even though variants in […]

Electronic device used to detect, treat epileptic seizures in mice

Electronic device used to detect, treat epileptic seizures in mice

Researchers are hoping an electronic device used to detect, stop and prevent epileptic seizures in mice can be used to treat other neurological disorders, according to a study published in Science Advances. In the study led by a U.K. research team, scientists looked at the benefits of “direct in situ electrophoretic drug delivery to treat […]

FUTURE – Brain implant could stop epilepsy seizures

FUTURE – Brain implant could stop epilepsy seizures

For many people who suffer from neurological disorders, such as epilepsy, there are no viable treatment options. In our latest research, we developed an implantable device that may one day offer relief. We show that the implant can treat problems in the brain, such as epileptic seizures, by delivering brain chemicals – known as neurotransmitters […]

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