Neuroscience researcher Hajime Takano, PhD, who works in Douglas Coulter, PhD’s, epilepsy research laboratory at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, is especially interested in which specific neurons could be inciting the neural network.
Category Archive: Epilepsy
An international team of researchers recently identified gene mutations that can cause severe, difficult-to-treat forms of childhood epilepsy. Many of the mutations disrupt functioning in the synapse, the highly dynamic junction at which nerve cells communicate with one another.
A new study supports the idea that the identification of specific genetics targets could lead to a sea change in the way epilepsy is treated.
Most children with epilepsy can have active and fulfilling lives, with the help of modern therapies. Yet 20 percent to 30 percent of children with epilepsy do not respond to medications, which physicians call medication-resistant or intractable epilepsy.
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Ethan Goldberg, MD, PhD, recently received an award from the epilepsy advocacy organization Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) to study using transplanted cells to treat epilepsy.