University of Haifa Researchers Find Nerve Cell Information Transfer May Lead to a Cure for Epilepsy

epilipsey-photoResearch overseen by Prof. Kobi Rosenblum, Head of the Laboratory for Research of Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms Underlying Learning and Memory in the University of Haifa’s Department of Neurobiology & Ethology, could open new opportunities to finding a cure for epilepsy. 

The research, in association with a number of other European scientists, was published earlier in the year in the journal Cerebral Cortex.  It revealed a new biological mechanism which relates both to a very specific function of the memory and which also provides some sort of resistance to epilepsy.

The research was recently featured in an article in Haaretz, in which a researcher at the laboratory, Ph.D. student Elham Taha, provided these comments.  “In the healthy brain as with the diseased brain, there is great importance to the relationship between the activity of nerve cells that transfer information and the activity that causes a delay in the transfer of information.”

“We know that damage to this relationship,” Ms. Taha continued, “underlies brain diseases such as neuro-developmental disorders and epilepsy.  Our research has found that any molecular change created a slight change in this relationship in the hippocampus in a surprising way, which caused resistance to epileptic seizures – thus opening new possibilities for creating a cure for epilepsy.”

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