Changes in brain function that cause Febrile Seizures

Grant number: 509224 | Funding period: 2008 - 2011



Febrile Seizures (FS) affect 3% of children aged 0.5 - 6 yrs and have been proposed as an indicator of severe forms of adult generalized epilepsy. Mechanisms underlying FS generation are unknown although studies of Australian families suffering from epilepsy have linked 2 genes to FS. We have generated mice expressing these 2 genes. Aims and Outcomes: to investigate events triggering FS which will provide important insights into why FS occurs in children. (NB: CIA 2 yr career interruption)

University of Melbourne Researchers