Research Portfolio

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 [...]

Potassium channels in epilepsy

February 3rd, 2012|

Grant round winners 2009 Certain sub-types of potassium channels have been found to regulate the release of glutamate from pre-synaptic membranes, and dysfunction of these has been proposed to increase [...]

Finding better treatments for epilepsy

February 2nd, 2012|

Grant round winners 2009 The main inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain is known as GABA. If too little GABA is produced, or if its receptors aren't working properly, this will fail to dampen the ac [...]

Understanding absence seizures

January 30th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2008 Absence seizures occur in many types of epilepsy but they are not well understood. In absence seizures, epileptic activity arises in the thalamus (which relays messages from ou [...]

Cognitive behaviour therapy for epilepsy

January 27th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2008 Many people with intractable epilepsy report that psychological factors in everyday life, for example stress levels, can affect how often they have seizures. Some people find t [...]

The first stages of a seizure

January 26th, 2012|

Grant round winners 2008 Understanding exactly how seizures start is important in two ways: firstly, to develop warning system for people with active epilepsy, to alert them in good time when a seizure [...]

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