In this podcast, Sloka Iyengar PhD, epilepsy.com basic science editor, discusses Sturge Weber Syndrome, also known as SWS and encephalotrigeminal angiomatosis. This rare condition is typically recognized at birth, has an estimated incidence of 1 in 50,000, and affects males and females equally. Learn more about Sturge Weber Syndrome.
I am an epilepsy researcher and have been investigating mechanisms that cause neurons to generate and sustain spontaneous seizures. For my graduate work, I used electrophysiology to study epileptic circuits; as a postdoctoral fellow, I studied neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons in the adult brain) in the hippocampus. As a clinical researcher, I conducted clinical trials for people with epilepsy, and worked on projects related to brain tumor-related epilepsy and special issues in women with epilepsy. As the editor of the basic science section for epilepsy.com, I write and edit articles to make scientific discoveries about epilepsy more accessible to people with epilepsy and their caregivers. I also advocate for increased funding for neuroscience research on Capitol Hill. Visit me at www.slokaiyengar.com.