Pre-Doctoral Research Training Fellowship
Amount of Grant: $20,000.00
Recipient: Karen Menuz
"Role of Stargazin in GABAergic Neruons in Absence Epilepsy"
Administered by the Epilepsy Foundation Funding Term 2005/2006 Academic Year Epilepsy results from an imbalance of excitatory and inhibitory neuronal activity. Some human epilepsy genes cause a decreased inhibition of excitatory neurons. I will determine whether the gene mutation in the epileptic mouse stargazer causes a decreased excitation of inhibitory neurons. Such a defect would lead to an activity imbalance and would be a novel mechanism underlying epilepsy.