New epilepsy research will study electrical brain signals

Posted Nov 19 2010 in Brain science; genetics

Researchers at a US university are set to begin new epilepsy research which will study electrical signals in the brain, it has been revealed.

Staff at Georgetown University Medical Centre will record the signals to analyse the progression of seizures and therefore make "inferences about human epilepsy".

Alfredo Gonzalez-Sulser, a PhD candidate on the institute's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience and lead author of the report, revealed his team's strategy for the research.

He said: "We use a novel recording device, which is a perforated multi-electrode array, that allows us to record in high spatial and temporal resolutions signals from our neuronal tissue.

"We have found that inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission influence seizure propagation in differing ways and we plan to study these transmitter systems in further detail to possibly find new therapeutics for epilepsy."

Mr Gonzalez-Sulser is set to give abstracts from his findings at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego later this month. 

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