Balancing the Brain’s Electrical Signals

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

The 10 billion cells in the human brain talk to their neighbors by sending electrical signals called spikes. Stephanie Miller, a graduate student in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institutes of Health, studies these spikes in mice in order to learn why brain cells sometimes send too many of them, which can cause harmful electrical overloads called seizures. Her research could one day help reduce or stop seizures in people with diseases like epilepsy.