Cool Science and New Discoveries Highlighted During Epilepsy Awareness Month
Newswise — West Hartford, Conn., November 5, 2014 — Rapidly emerging technologies, novel imaging techniques, the development of new therapies and new genes, have given researchers and clinicians an extraordinary ability to explore the brain at the cellular, genetic and neural levels. While current epilepsy research may seem like it’s ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel, it’s real—and even pretty cool. Epilepsy provides researchers with unparalleled avenues to discover how the brain is structured and how it functions: a true ‘window on the brain.’
In recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month the American Epilepsy Society (AES) is highlighting just a few of the groundbreaking scientific developments made within the last 10-50 years. New anti-seizure drug development, brain mapping, optogenetics and devices have increased our understanding of epilepsy but most importantly, have given new hope to the 2.3 million Americans living with the condition. Support Epilepsy Awareness Month by visiting AESnet.org and learning more how epilepsy is a window on the Brain.
“Thousands of researchers around the globe are working every day to increase our understanding of epilepsy,” said Dr. Elson So, president of AES. “Because epilepsy offers such a window on the brain other disorders with similar underlying mechanisms such as autism, cerebral palsy, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis and Alzheimer’s disease benefit from epilepsy research.”
Epilepsy, is one of the most common neurological disorders. It is an umbrella of 40 syndromes known as the epilepsies. The epilepsies affect 50 million people worldwide, including three million in the United States. The disorder can have a single specific, well‐defined cause, such as a head injury, or manifest as a syndrome with a complex of symptoms and causes.
About the American Epilepsy Society:
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) is a non-profit medical and scientific society. Our individual members are professionals engaged in both research and clinical care for people with epilepsy, from private practice, academia and government. For more than 75 years, AES has been unlocking the potential of the clinical and research community by creating a dynamic global forum where professionals can share, learn and grow. AES champions the use of sound science and clinical care through the exchange of knowledge, by providing education and by supporting advances in the specialty.