APPM + CS PostDoc Seminar - Tahra Eissa

Tahra Lucene Eissa, Department of Applied Mathematics, CU Boulder

Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Neocortical Seizure Activity

Seizures are defined as sudden, abnormal electrical disturbances in the brain. Patients diagnosed with epilepsy have chronic, recurrent seizures and often require clinical intervention to prevent these episodes. Unfortunately, a large portion of epilepsy patients do not respond to current treatment options, in part due to a lack of understanding on how seizures develop in the brain. This talk will discuss some of the complex dynamics associated with seizure activity and how these dynamics can educate epilepsy treatment. Using a combination of human electrical recordings, biological experiments and computational modeling, we studied the dynamics of seizures at various spatial scales, ranging from a single neuron up to large neuronal networks (centimeter scale). At each scale, we analyzed the interactions between the seizure-producing neurons and the surrounding tissue to determine how the interactions can define a seizure's trajectory and the activity observed clinically. The findings were then used to identify representative electrical markers that could be applied to clinical treatment.

This series of talks aims at encouraging networking among postdocs and promoting the exchange of ideas for potential collaborations. We have started this series of relatively informal seminars where the postdocs from the Departments of Applied Math and Computer Science, and occasionally from other local universities, can showcase their research and foster relationships and collaborations between the two Departments and other universities. 
More info on these seminars can be found via the following link

Friday, November 30, 2018 at 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Engineering Center, ECOT 831
1111 Engineering Drive, Boulder, CO 80309

Event Type



Science & Technology, Research & Innovation


Faculty, Students, Graduate Students, Postdoc

College, School & Unit

Engineering & Applied Science

Applied Mathematics
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