New insights into epilepsy

11 September 2017

Interview with

Carola Haas, University of Freiburg

About 1% of the adult population are affected by the seizure disorder epilepsy. This happens when a small cluster of nerve cells in a particular part of the brain become electrically unstable. This abnormal firing pattern can periodically spill over into other brain regions and cause the disabling symptoms that patients display. But what causes this so-called epileptic focus to form in the first place, and how that causes the changes in the surrounding brain tissue which eventually result in seizures  wasn’t known. Now we have some new insights, which Chris Smith hears about from Carola Haas…

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