Duke Medicine mice study may lead to epilepsy prevention

Jun. 21, 2013 @ 04:54 PM

Duke researchers have found a receptor in the nervous system that may lead to preventing epilepsy following a prolonged period of seizures, according to Duke Medicine.

Researchers studied mice and found a molecular target for developing drugs to prevent the onset of epilepsy, not just manage the disease’s symptoms, according to the release.

Epilepsy is a serious neurological disorder marked by recurring seizures. Temporal lobe epilepsy, the most common form, is where seizures occur in a region of the brain where memories are stored and language, emotions and senses are processed.

Conventional therapies for epilepsy try to reduce the likelihood of seizures, but many patients with temporal lobe epilepsy still have seizures despite taking these drugs, according to Duke Medicine.  

”This study opens a promising new avenue of research into treatments that may prevent the development of epilepsy,” said Dr. Vicky Whittemore, a program director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, who oversees the grants that funded this study.