An international team of researchers led by Professor Crunelli at Cardiff University have identified the brain activity that results in absence seizures.Absence epilepsy is the most common form of epilepsy in children and teenagers and causes periods of little or no awareness and can be mistaken for what looks like ‘daydreaming’ to the casual observer, but which is in fact the result of seizure activity.Up until now the specific type of brain activity underlying absence seizures has remained poorly understood but this activity has now been observed for the first time. Professor Crunelli’s research team simultaneously recorded electrical activity in different regions of the brain during absence seizures.  By doing this they were able to observe the interactions between the different regions of the brain during an absence seizure and thereby understand how these relationships lead to the brain activity in absence seizures.As Professor Crunelli says: “This new research is fundamental for the development of innovative therapies for this disabling childhood and juvenile disease.” You can click here to read more about this research.