Epilepsy/Seizures

Dorit Kliemann

Dorit Kliemann, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
The Kliemann lab studies the neuroscience of human social behavior, from a basic research perspective, as well as in its applications to disorders (e.g., autism) and neurological populations (e.g., brain lesions). We are interested in the biological basis of cognition in the brain, especially how...
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Daniel T. Tranel, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Neuroscience Ph.D. Program Director
My research is aimed at understanding brain-behavior relationships in humans, at systems level. Two main approaches are used: the lesion method, in which brain-damaged patients are studied with neuropsychological procedures to determine how certain lesion sites are related to certain cognitive and...
George Richerson

George B. Richerson, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
Head, Neurology
We are studying the role of serotonin neurons in mediating the effects of acidosis on brain function and behavior. We have shown that serotonin neurons are exquisitely sensitive to changes in pH. They are close to large arteries in the brain and contribute to the increase in breathing induced by...
Gordon Buchanan

Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP) is the leading cause of death in patients with intractable epilepsy, but specific mechanisms of how a seizure can cause death are poorly understood. Research efforts in my laboratory are focused on using animal models to understand the mechanisms by which...
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C. Andrew Frank, PhD

Title/Position
Associate Professor
Homeostasis is a robust form of regulation that allows a system to maintain a constant output despite external perturbations. In the nervous system, homeostasis plays a critical role in regulating neuronal and synaptic activity. Yet the molecular basis of this form of neural plasticity is generally...
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Alexander Bassuk, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Professor & Chair
Dr. Alex Bassuk is a Professor and Chair of Pediatrics, and holds the Joel and Jay Stead Chair for Leadership in Children's Medicine, and is Physician-in-Chief for University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital. Dr. Bassuk is a member of the University of Iowa Graduate Programs in Genetics...
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Alan R. Kay, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
A high concentration of free ionic zinc in synaptic vesicles is a prominent feature of some of the excitatory pathways in the mammalian forebrain. Despite the wealth of information on its distribution, and role in metalloenzymes and proteins, the role of vesicular zinc remains enigmatic, and serves...
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Jeremy Greenlee, MD

Title/Position
Professor
My research focuses on the cortical mechanisms subserving human language and vocalization. Major goals of the research are to understand the representation of self-vocalization stimuli in primary and associated auditory cortices, elucidate and characterize the cortico-cortical interactions between...
Joel Geerling

Joel C. Geerling, MD, PhD

Title/Position
Assistant Professor
In the lab, we use genetic techniques to isolate and manipulate neurons that mediate basic physiologic functions including sleep, appetite, bladder control, and thermoregulation. My focus lies in identifying and deciphering previously unknown connections between neurons in the brainstem and other...
John Manak

John Manak, PhD

Title/Position
Professor
One of the primary areas of research in my laboratory is elucidating the genetic basis of neurological disorders, including epilepsy, Alzheimer’s Disease, and neurodevelopmental disorders. We have found that mutations in the prickle gene cause seizure disorders in fruit flies, similar to those...