The Sacred Disease: Epileptic Seizures

Rudy North Lecture Theatre Room 101, Lower Lobby, Djavad Mowafaghian Centre for Brain Health, 2215 Wesbrook Mall

Epilepsy is the second most common brain disorder after migraine, affecting one to two percent of the world population. Professor Christophe Bernard, Director of Research at the Institut de Neuroscience des Systèmes, will show that seizures are in fact a very simple form of brain activity, and that they follow simple mathematical rules that are universal across species and brain regions. This knowledge, gained from non-linear system theory, allows us to propose the first scientifically-based classification of seizures. Prof. Bernard will also show how this knowledge can be used, in the context of neurosurgery, to render drug-resistant patients seizure-free.

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