The course explores the neurobiology of epilepsy from basic and clinical perspectives. The main objectives of this course are to deepen your knowledge on the pathophysiology of epilepsy and seizure, introduce you to modern research tools that are used in epilepsy research and identify the current challenges and complex issues in epilepsy. After the course the participant will be able to:
- Understand the cellular, network, molecular and metabolic processes that characterize the chronic epileptic tissue, epileptic neurons, pathological activity present between seizures and seizures.
- Describe how the mechanisms vary in various forms of epilepsy ranging from focal epilepsy to generalized one and epileptic encephalopathies.
- Recognize the mechanisms that are responsible for the development of epilepsy.
- Understand how various types of lesions lead to the development of epilepsy and seizures.
- Understand how brain development and brain aging affect the brain susceptibility to develop epilepsy and the underlying mechanism.
- Understand the basic principles of various research techniques and what information they provide to gain insight into the pathophysiological mechanisms of epilepsy.
- Recognize how understanding the pathophysiological mechanisms and pathogenesis of epilepsy is relevant for understanding the effect of currently available anti-seizure medication and developing new diagnostic techniques and epilepsy therapy.
- Identify the current challenges of epilepsy research
- Understand the needs of people with epilepsy and their expectations from the research