Research Portfolio

An investigation into absence seizures

February 13th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2011 Epileptic disorders can be described as focal (meaning that seizures originate in a specific part of the brain) or generalised (meaning that seizures involve most or all of the [...]

The mechanisms behind absence epilepsy

February 12th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2010 Absence epilepsy is a common epilepsy syndrome, which usually develops between the ages of four and nine years of age. Seizures can occur between 20 and several hundred times p [...]

A closer look at how seizures start

February 11th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2010 Understanding exactly how seizures begin is important for two reasons: firstly, so that a warning system can be developed to alert people with active epilepsy (in good time) wh [...]

Improving pre-surgery assessment

February 9th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2010 In refractory epilepsy (RE), seizures are unresponsive to anti-epileptic drug treatment and this is the case for approximately a third of people with epilepsy. RE is notoriousl [...]

What causes drug-resistant epilepsy?

February 8th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2010 Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) need to pass from the blood into the brain in order to protect against seizures. However, unlike many other organs, the brain is protected against c [...]

Can we reduce memory loss in epilepsy?

February 7th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2010 A large proportion of people with epilepsy experience memory problems, but the reasons for this are still poorly understood. One possibility is that it is due to a type of impa [...]

Why do seizures happen?

February 6th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2009 Epileptic seizures are caused by bursts of excess electrical activity in the brain, when neurons become too excitable. Yet what normally stops this from happening? One theory i [...]

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