Epilepsy

Research image of neurons in a small section of the hippocampus.

Tail of hippocampus may be hub for seizures in mice and people

This little-studied subregion, called the fasciola cinereum, could be a new surgical target for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy.

By Shaena Montanari
14 June 2024 | 4 min read
Top down view of a slice of a rat brain connected to an output camera.

On a bold mission to re-engineer brain parts

A European consortium is on a quest to restore typical brain activity in people with epilepsy, using a mash-up of custom organoids, microelectronics and artificial intelligence.

By Rebecca Horne
24 January 2024 | 1 min read

Into the woods with Susan Masino

When she isn't researching the links between metabolism and brain activity, this neuroscientist logs time in forests and advocates for protecting green spaces.

By Emmet Fraizer
5 January 2024 | 5 min read
Illustration of two neurons with a shared origin point.

Cortical interneurons derive differently in human brains

Excitatory neurons and some inhibitory neurons in the adult human cortex share parents, challenging the longstanding idea that the two cell types have different origins.

By Elissa Welle
20 December 2023 | 6 min read
Three researchers, one wearing movement-tracking devices, walk around a university campus.

‘Into the wild’: Moving studies of memory and learning out of the lab

People with electrodes embedded deep in their brain are collaborating with a growing posse of plucky researchers to uncover the mysteries of real-world recall.

By Katie Moisse
13 November 2023 | 9 min listen
Illustration of a sheet of red and white pills, with the red pills arranged in the form of a question mark.

New template streamlines sharing clinical trial results

This month’s Going on Trial newsletter explores a new tool for communicating with clinical trial participants and their families, among other drug development news.

By Calli McMurray
31 October 2023 | 7 min read
Photograph of a gloved hand pointing to a computer screen that is displaying an image of a mouse brain.
Interneurons Microphone

Uncertainty and excitement surround one company’s cell therapy for epilepsy

After 10 years of work, Neurona may have the data to quiet its skeptics. But its ongoing clinical trial will be the ultimate test.

By Angie Voyles Askham
5 October 2023 | 19 min listen
Research image of mutations in mouse cortical neurons.

Mutations in multipurpose gene deal dendrites a double whammy

The mutations disrupt protein translation as well as the cell’s skeleton, according to a new study.

By Holly Barker
4 October 2023 | 4 min listen
Justin West holding his son.

Progress amid setbacks in drug trials for rare forms of epilepsy: Q&A with Justin West

Despite grave side effects, it’s vital to keep developing treatments for rare genetic forms of childhood epilepsy, says West, president of the KCNT1 Epilepsy Foundation and father of a son with the condition.

By Calli McMurray
30 August 2023 | 6 min read
Close up of blood vessels shows probe sticking to vessel wall.

Brain-surgery-free probes can record single-neuron activity

The new devices, which monitor neural activity from within blood vessels, show long-term stability in rats and could one day deliver electrical stimulation.

By Charles Q. Choi
15 August 2023 | 5 min read

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