Tsunamis in the brain
In September 2013, Newcastle hosted the annual British Festival of Science organised by the British Science Association. The theme of the event was ‘waves’, and a team of neuroscientists at Newcastle University (Andy Trevelyan, Roger Whittaker, Jenny Read and Partow Yazdani), along with Epilepsy Action’s Mr Clifford Challenger, made sure that brain waves were on the agenda. They delivered a stimulating presentation entitled Tsunamis in the brain, explaining how brain waves are recorded; how they change during a seizure, and even how seizures can be translated into music (part 3)! We have now been given five videos (below), which together make up an edited version of this presentation. We hope you find them interesting and enjoyable, and that they will inspire you to support our research!
Part 1: Andy Trevelyan talks about what seizures are and how they can be visualised.
Part 2: Roger Whittaker explains the different traces on an EEG recording and invites an audience member to undergo a live EEG recording. He also describes some real clinical case studies to illustrate how useful EEG can be.
Part 3: Andy Trevelyan explains how he managed to turn seizure activity into music!
Part 4: Andy Trevelyan talks about some of the disadvantages of EEG and how research is trying to address these.
Part 5: Andy Trevelyan talks about what we still don’t know about epilepsy and how important research is.