Brain Imaging Techniques (00:44)
Kathriona Devereux briefly describes the function of the brain as a control center and provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in this episode. The brain controls how we move, think, and perceive. Jonathan McCrea undergoes an MRI to visualize white matter, grey matter, ventricles, and functional regions of the brain.
Rick O'Shea and Tracy Boughton recall their experiences with epilepsy, a disease characterized by seizures caused by changes to gene activity. The most common form of epilepsy is temporal lobe epilepsy.
Epilepsy Research (03:28)
DNA methylation is being researched in patients with epilepsy to understand its role in the disorder and develop targeted treatments
Cerebral Cannibalism (01:57)
A tribe in Papua New Guinea practiced human cannibalism causing an epidemic of Kuru Disease. Prion accumulation in the brain leads to damage and death. Recent studies show descendants of the tribe have a genetic mutation that prevents protein misfolding and provides immunity to the disease.
Brain Donation and Research (06:27)
Devereux interviews street goes about their opinion on brain donation. Alma McInerney recounts her experience with OPCA and her intention to donate her brain. Michael Farrell explains the importance of brain donation and research conducted with the donated tissue.
Credits: 10 Things to Know About (Series 1): The Brain (00:38)
Credits: 10 Things to Know About (Series 1): The Brain
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