webinar register page

Webinar banner
Circumscribing Laser Cuts Attenuate Seizure Propagation in a Mouse Model of Focal Epilepsy
In partial onset epilepsy, seizures arise focally in the brain and often propagate. Patients frequently become refractory to medical management, leaving neurosurgery, which can cause neurologic deficits, as a primary treatment. In the cortex, focal seizures spread through horizontal connections in layers II/III, suggesting that severing these connections could block seizures while preserving function.

In this webinar hosted by the Therapeutic Laser Applications Technical Group, Dr. Chris Schaffer will discuss how, in a mouse model of focal epilepsy, sub-surface laser-produced cuts encircling the seizure focus attenuate propagation without behavioral impairment. Dr. Schaffer will present how they induced focal neocortical epilepsy in mice, created laser cuts surrounding the seizure focus, and electrophysiologically recorded at multiple locations for 3-8 months. With laser cuts, only 5% of seizures propagated to the distant electrodes, compared to 85% in control animals. These cuts produced a modest decrease in cortical blood flow that recovered and left a ~20-µm wide scar with minimal collateral damage. When placed over the motor cortex, the cuts did not cause notable deficits in a skilled reaching task. Femtosecond laser cuts hold promise as a novel neurosurgical approach for intractable focal cortical epilepsy.

Subject Matter Level:
Intermediate - Assumes basic knowledge of the topic

What You Will Learn:
• The potential of femtosecond laser cuts as a neurosurgical tool for intractable focal cortical epilepsy

Who Should Attend:
• Scientists, researchers, professors, postdoctoral fellows and students in the field of biomedical engineering, biophotonics, optical imaging, and neuroscience

Dec 15, 2022 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar is over, you cannot register now. If you have any questions, please contact Webinar host: Optica Technical Groups.