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U of L researcher exploring possible link between memory and seizures

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A University of Lethbridge researcher is trying to find out if memory can trigger seizures.

Two years ago, neuroscientist Dr. Artur Luczak, in collaboration with the U of L’s Dr. Bruce McNaughton and researchers at Stanford University, published a study that found certain neuronal activity in the brains of rats with epilepsy was associated with seizures.

A federal grant of more than $530,000 will allow for follow up research on those results.

Dr. Luczak says he’s exploring the possibility that recalling a certain memory might create a pattern of brain activity that can trigger a seizure.

More than 20 per cent of patients with epilepsy do not respond to any treatment and researchers don’t know why drugs help some and not others.  Researchers say having a better idea of how patterns of brain activity can trigger a seizure could help pave the way to new possibilities for treatment.

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Tina Karst

A Lethbridge College alumnus, Tina moved back to the community two years after convocation, in September 2007, to become a member of the CJOC News Team. She started as a weekend reporter/anchor and now serves as Associate News Director. When Tina’s not tracking down local news, she’s either busy at home with Jordan and their two kids or creating custom macrame pieces for a growing list of clients.

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