Brain Awareness Lecture: The computer-connected brain

21st century treatment for epilepsy and brain cancer

May 18, 2022
4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Virtual link will be sent to registered participants and posted to the website.

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Ahmed Raslan, M.D., associate professor of Neurological Surgery; director of Epilepsy and Brain Mapping, OHSU

Join neurosurgeon Ahmed Raslan, M.D., for a fascinating look at the future of awake brain surgery and how new technology promises better results for people with treatment-resistant epilepsy. Raslan and a team of researchers at OHSU and UC San Diego received a $12.25 million NIH grant to develop film-like sensors that show brain activity in resolution that is 100 times higher than what is currently available. A high resolution improves a surgeon’s ability to conduct surgery with greater precision.

The OHSU team brought their expertise with awake brain surgery to the project. In epilepsy surgery, the goal is to remove as much of a tumor or lesion without damaging nearby tissue. Using this new technology, Raslan has identified epileptic brain activity never seen before. The sensors will likely have uses far beyond epilepsy, opening up new understandings of the brain and how it functions.