SOURCE: University of Calgary

University of Calgary

SOURCE: Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

December 16, 2016 11:23 ET

New research shows how seizures can cause stroke-like events which may be preventable

Scientists at the Hotchkiss Brain Institute identify mechanism for brain dysfunction following seizures and drugs that prevent this impairment from occurring

CALGARY, AB--(Marketwired - December 16, 2016) - Following a seizure, the sufferer will often experience a temporary period of disability. For example, if a seizure occurs in the motor cortex of the brain, the individual may experience weakness in one side of their body. These effects can last for minutes, hours, or in some cases even days. It's a phenomenon referred to as Todd's Paralysis -- and until now has been neither understood, nor treated. Using both animal and human data, researchers at the University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine recently discovered how seizures can cause Todd's Paralysis as well as the mechanism responsible for this phenomenon. Findings were recently published in the journal elife.

WHAT: Interview the study authors in their lab.

WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2016, between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
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WHERE: University of Calgary Foothills Campus, TRW Building, 3280 Hospital Drive NW.

WHO: Study lead authors

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About the Cumming School of Medicine
The University of Calgary's Cumming School of Medicine is a leader in health research, with an international reputation for excellence and innovation in health care research and education. On June 17, 2014, the University Of Calgary Faculty Of Medicine was formally named the Cumming School of Medicine in recognition of Geoffrey Cumming's generous gift to the university.

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The Hotchkiss Brain Institute
The Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI) at the University of Calgary consists of more than 120 scientists and clinician-scientists who are dedicated to advancing brain and mental health research and education. The Institute's research strengths, in the areas of Brain & Behaviour, Neural Injury & Repair and Healthy Brain Aging, are leading to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric disorders, aimed at improving quality of life and patient care.

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    Jordanna Heller
    Director, Communications and Media Relations
    University of Calgary, Cumming School of Medicine