AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 26, Number 4, 2017

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Crowdsourcing Contest Using Data from People, Dogs Advances Epileptic Seizure Forecasting

Being able to predict seizures for patients who suffer from them each day of their life could be life changing. Many who have been diagnosed with epilepsy have to take medication each day to keep their seizures under control. In a recent study, researchers recruited more than 500 teams of data scientists from all over the world to analyze hundreds of hours of recordings of electrical activity in the brains of two people and five dogs before and during seizures. This resulted in a better-than-random prediction of seizures. “If an algorithm could detect subtly changes in the electrical activity of a person’s brain before a seizure occurs, people with epilepsy could take medications only when needed and possibly reclaim the daily activities many of us take for granted,” says Ben Brinkmann, PhD. To read more, click here.

Calendar/Courses

Winter Clinics for Cranial and Spinal Surgery
Feb. 25, 2018 - Mar. 1, 2018; Snowmass Village, Colo.

69th Southern Neurosurgical Society Annual Meeting
Feb. 28, 2018 - Mar. 3, 2018; San Juan, PR

Second International Brain Mapping Course
April 26-27, 2018; New Orleans

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