Researchers at Case Western Reserve University discovered a new way that brain waves spread through the hippocampus—a possible step toward understanding and treating epilepsy.
The researchers discovered a traveling spike generator that appears to move across the hippocampus—a part of the brain mainly associated with memory—and change direction, while generating brain waves. The generator itself, however, produces no electrical signal.
“In epilepsy, we’ve thought the focus of seizures is fixed and, in severe cases, that part of the brain is surgically removed,” said Dominique Durand, the Elmer Lincoln Lindseth Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Case School of Engineering and leader of the study. “But if the focus, or source, of seizures moves—as we’ve described—that’s problematic.”
Recent Case Western Reserve University graduate Nicholas Heim was selected as a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, awarded to just 174 student-athletes across all three NCAA divisions annually, who excel at an elite level in athletic competition, in the classroom, and in the local community.
Heim, a civil engineering major, is the second Case Western Reserve athlete to win the honor this academic year, joining football player Dayton Snyder. He is the 23rd Spartan ever to win the award, and the 12th since the 2006 season.
Two years ago, a group of chemical engineering students created a community garden in a Cleveland neighborhood as part of a class project. This year, a new group of students has expanded and improved the East 84th street garden as part of their senior capstone project.
Aiming to make lasting improvements, two groups of student, including Matt Zembas, Jacob Cogar, CJ Krimbill Nicole Thompson, Kristen Jones, Becky O'Toole and EvanTsiklidis, expanded the lot, added a fence and built an irrigation system.
Check out the Plain Dealer’s coverage of the new-and-improved garden.
At the recent 24th annual meeting of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in Singapore, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals Case Medical Center and Siemens Healthcare announced an exclusive research partnership to further develop a quantitative imaging method known as Magnetic Resonance Fingerprinting (MRF). University and hospital researchers and Siemens’ developers will further refine the promising method of quantitative tissue analysis.
“We have been working with Siemens for over 30 years, developing and applying emerging MRI technologies, and we are excited to continue this great partnership,” said Mark Griswold, professor of radiology and biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve and program chair at the ISMRM conference. “The goal of MR Fingerprinting is to specifically identify and characterize individual tissues and diseases, but to try to get there, we’ve had to rethink a lot of what we do in MRI.”
Join Ingenuity Cleveland for Bal Ingénieux, its annual celebration of creativity of all kinds, June 4 at the Tenk Building in the Flats.
The event is styled as a masquerade ball and includes dinner, dancing, unique performances, and this year, science experiments prepared by Case Western Reserve University’s Larry Sears and Sally Zlotnick Sears think[box].
The university’s innovation hub has also been selected as the winner of Ingenuity Cleveland’s inaugural Innovator’s Award, which will be presented at the event.