Epilepsy is characterised by seizures caused by abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Mapping the patterns of neuronal activity in the brain and understanding the dynamic between nerve cells could lead to better treatments for epilepsy.
Researchers from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, working with a team of international scientists investigated how brain proteins interact to regulate the electrical signalling of neurons. Professor Hines and his team identified a close and exclusive partnership between two specific proteins which appears to be key in regulating the brain’s activity.
Advancing our understanding of how the balance between excitatory and inhibitory neurons is controlled may pave the way for new therapies and treatments for people diagnosed with epilepsy. As Professor Hines says “If we can better understand how the brain patterns activity, we can understand how it might go wrong in a disorder like epilepsy, where brain activity becomes uncontrolled.” To read more about this exciting research, just use the link here: