Epilepsies or seizure disorders are common diseases of the brain. Many types of epilepsies are linked to genes. Finding these genes and characterizing them will lead to insights about the physiology of epilepsies and -hopefully- novel treatment options. We are researchers within the EuroEPINOMICS consortium, which is committed to identifying genes linked to seizure disorders. We try to make our research more understandable, digestable and interpretable and to share, communicate and discuss recent findings in epilepsy genetics on this blog, which is usually updated twice a week. We hope that it will be useful primarily for researchers in neurogenetics, be they students, clinicians or allied health professionals. We usually highlight major papers in our Twitter feed and will summarize important publications on this blog.
All opinions on this blog are our own and do not represent any of the institutions we are affiliated with or the EuroEPINOMICS consortium as a whole.
Who we are. These, amongst other researchers, are the main people writing on the EuroEPINOMICS blog.
Ingo Helbig. Trying to find the balance between patient care, research, family and blogging, Ingo is a child neurologist in training and co-project leader of EuroEPINOMICS-RES. He went to medical school in Heidelberg and Mannheim, Germany and Lexington, Kentucky, USA. He trained at the Epilepsy Research Centre, Melbourne Australia and is currently training at the Department of Neuropediatics, Kiel, Germany. Ingo loves spending the remainder of his spare time with his wife Katie and his two children.
Roland Krause. Working at the Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, which is an information hub for the EuroEPINOMICS project COGIE. Roland is – for lack of a better description – a bioinformatician with a undergraduate degree in biotechnological engineering (HS Mannheim) and a PhD in biochemistry from the University of Heidelberg. His postdoc was in computational biology at the MPI for Molecular Genetics, Berlin shared with the computer science and math department of the Free University Berlin. You can follow his personal Twitter feed. He has a life too.
Like the idea? We hope that this blog meets your interest and will help you stay up to date with the most recent developments in the field of neurogenetics. Remember that time when we didn’t have email? Most people can’t, as email has become such an important part of our everyday lives. The same will be true for blogs. Some scientific blogs have already advanced from niche products to blockbusters. We hope that our blog will help the community to stay up to date. You can follow us through the usual channels (Twitter, Facebook, etc) or subscribe to our mailing list of our weekly digest mails.