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Biological Mechanisms of SUDEP

Wednesday, October 21, 2020
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm CST
Zoom Meeting

Background:  Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the most important epilepsy-related cause of death, occurring in at least 1:1000 people with epilepsy each year. The risk of SUDEP increases dramatically in uncontrolled epilepsy. The events leading to SUDEP are thought to be caused by a destabilization of autonomic cardiorespiratory compensatory processes. Dr. Simeone’s research has focused on determining progressive changes in cardiorespiratory function that could increase the probability of SUDEP in preclinical animal models. Identification of temporal biomarkers that can be monitored could lead to opportunities for intervention to postpone or prevent SUDEP.

You Will Learn: Dr. Simeone will discuss the progressive cardiorespiratory dysfunction seen in the Kv1.1 knockout mouse model of SUDEP and the potential role of orexin as a central regulator of SUDEP.

Speaker Bio: This webinar is presented by Dr. Kristina Simeone, Associate Professor and Director of Master’s in Neuroscience Program at Creighton University’s School of Medicine.

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