Category: "Technology"

SUDEP: Research Initiative Receives Grant for Furthering Understanding

Projects build a virtual center for research on death associated with epilepsy Nine groups of scientists will receive funding totaling $5.9 million in 2014 to work together on increasing the understanding of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP), the leading cause of death from epilepsy. The consortium becomes the second Center Without Walls, an initiative […]

New study explores reliability of optogenetics as method of intervention of temporal lobe seizures

Optogenetics is one of the hottest tools in biomedical research today, a method that uses gene therapy to deliver light-sensitive proteins into specific cells. This new tool allows researchers to interact with a single cell or a network of cells with exquisite precision. Whereas imaging and other technologies allow researchers to watch the brain in […]

‘Landmark’ study confirms cause of epilepsy related to mortality risk

By Eleanor McDermid, Senior medwireNews Reporter A “landmark” meta-analysis confirms the increased mortality risk in patients who have symptomatic or cryptogenic epilepsy. The study by Olli Nevalainen (University of Tampere, Finland) and colleagues included data for 165,879 patients from 38 epilepsy cohorts studied over the past 40 years, the majority (79.6%) of whom were from […]

Volumetric Brain Analysis ‘Can Help Predict Post-Neurosurgery Seizure Outcomes’

Via: Epilepsy Research UK Brain scans could be used as a means of predicting seizure outcomes in epilepsy patients, according to a new study. Carried out by Pennsylvania State University, the study aimed to test the hypothesis that computed tomography (CT) volumetric analysis can be used in patient selection to help predict outcomes following resection. […]

New Study shows epilepsy surgery is a low-risk procedure

A study at Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, has found that epilepsy surgery is a safe, effective and low-risk procedure. Nevertheless, few Swedes have the operation, and those who are interested may have to wait a long time for presurgical counseling. The study at Sahlgrenska Academy was based on the Swedish National Epilepsy Surgery Register, […]

Research findings could provide insight into how doctors could restore human memory

UCLA neurophysicists have found that space-mapping neurons in the brain react differently to virtual reality than they do to real-world environments. Their findings could be significant for people who use virtual reality for gaming, military, commercial, scientific or other purposes. “The pattern of activity in a brain region involved in spatial learning in the virtual […]