Research and teaching
My research is focused on the electrophysiological changes that occur to neural networks in disease states such as epilepsy. Specifically, I am interested in discovering the steps involved when a ‘healthy’ brain transitions into one that is very susceptible to spontaneous seizures. This is an extremely important area of investigation because as much as 30% of individuals with epilepsy continue to experience seizures despite our best pharmacological treatments. By investigating the earliest stages in the development of epilepsy, I hope to gain the knowledge necessary to interfere with the normal disease progression. The ultimate goal would be to identify at risk individuals, and begin preventative treatment before the seizures become unmanageable.
My responsibilities are split between the Department of Biological Sciences and the new Undergraduate Neuroscience degree program (http://www.ucalgary.ca/bscneuro/).