Young people with epilepsy significantly more at risk of injury

The authors say that doctors and other healthcare professionals can use the findings of the research to make children and young adults diagnosed with epilepsy, and their parents, more aware of the risk of injury and to inform existing guidelines on treatment. In particular, they cite the need for more information relating to the safe storage of medicines and the supervision of children while taking their medication to be given by doctors at the time of prescribing and by pharmacists when dispensing prescriptions.

Critical role of one gene to our brain development

By looking at patients with severe learning and memory problems, we discovered a gene – called USP9X – that is involved in creating this base network of nerve cells. USP9X controls both the initial generation of the nerve cells from stem cells, and also their ability to connect with one another and form the proper networks.

A new cell type is implicated in epilepsy caused by traumatic brain injury

A new study in mice identifies increased levels of a specific neurotransmitter as a contributing factor connecting traumatic brain injury (TBI) to post-traumatic epilepsy. The findings suggest that damage to brain cells called interneurons disrupts neurotransmitter levels and plays a role in the development of epilepsy after a traumatic brain injury.

Detecting, Testing, Treating Rare Diseases: Technology Delivers New Era of Personalization

A team of researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Emory University and Cedars-Sinai – specialists in identifying and treating very rare diseases – used three innovative tools to detect a previously unknown gene mutation, test potential therapies in the lab, and initiate personalized drug treatment for a boy with a lifelong history of uncontrollable seizures that caused significant impact on his cognitive and social development.

The Brain Observatory

The Brain Observatory was founded by Dr. Jacopo Annese at the University of California, San Diego in 2005. After receiving the postmortem brain of H.M. for examination the Brain Observatory came to house the Digital Brain Project Library.

The Neuro

The Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital (the Neuro) is an academic medical center dedicated to neuroscience. The Neuro has been recognized for its epilepsy research and treatment.