Cool Science and New Discoveries Highlighted During Epilepsy Awareness Month

Rapidly emerging technologies, novel imaging techniques, and the development of new therapies and new genes have given researchers and clinicians an extraordinary ability to explore the brain at the cellular, genetic, and neural levels. Whereas current epilepsy research may seem like it’s ripped from the pages of a science fiction novel, it’s real, and even pretty cool. Epilepsy provides researchers with unparalleled avenues to discover how the brain is structured and how it functions: a true “window on the brain.”

In recognition of Epilepsy Awareness Month, the American Epilepsy Society (AES) is highlighting just a few of the groundbreaking scientific developments made within the last 10 to 50 years. New anti-seizure drug development, brain mapping, optogenetics, and devices have increased our understanding of epilepsy, but most importantly, have given new hope to the 2.3 million Americans living with the condition. Support Epilepsy Awareness Month by visiting and learning more about how epilepsy is a window on the brain.

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“Thousands of researchers around the globe are working every day to increase our understanding of epilepsy,” said Dr. Elson So, president of AES. “Because epilepsy offers such a window on the brain other disorders with similar underlying mechanisms such as autism, cerebral palsy, tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis and Alzheimer’s disease benefit from epilepsy research.”

The above story is reprinted from materials provided by the American Epilepsy Society (AES) via Newswise.

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