Neuroscientists worldwide celebrated the 20th Anniversary of Brain Awareness Week, March 16-22. The outreach campaign aims to educate the public about the brain and the promise of brain research. Future therapies for brain-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and epilepsy depend on a better understanding of the brain and neuroscientists’ innovation.
At The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, researchers in the Division of Neurology are looking at the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the development of epilepsy. They use sophisticated imaging technology to view and characterize alterations occurring in the epileptic brain at a circuit level. Epileptic seizures emanate from a burst of electrical signals in dysfunctional brain circuits, which are complex collections of interconnected neurons that process information.
Neuroscience researcher Hajime Takano, PhD, who works in Douglas Coulter, PhD’s, epilepsy research laboratory at CHOP, is investigating which specific neurons could be inciting the neural network. Here are some amazing images from Dr. Takano’s work. He modified the original scientific micrographs for the artistic effect: