Public lecture provides a history & review of epilepsy and its treatment

A disorder currently with no cure, epilepsy, will be the focus of a free public lecture at the University of Bath on Wednesday 26 October.

Dr Roland Jones will be exploring the history of epilepsy through the ages, from the viewpoint of the ancient Greeks and Egyptians through to the persecutions and prejudices of the Middle Ages to our current understanding of the organic basis of the disorder.

Roland Jones is a Neuropharmacologist at the University of Bath from the Department of Pharmacy & Pharmacology who has a long-standing interest in psychiatric and neurological disorders and how we treat them.  For many years Dr Jones’ research centered around depression and antidepressant drugs, but since the mid-1980s he has focused on understanding the basic mechanisms underlying the generation of seizures in the brain and the effects of anticonvulsant drugs.

The lecture is part of the University’s General University Lecture Programme (GULP). Others in the series include:

  • 2 November- Indigo, a very special dye. Jenny Balfour-Paul will lecture on the compelling study of Indigo. The dye that makes blue jeans blue, Journeys in Indigo       relates to this international commodity and trace its history across the globe.
  • 9 November- Professor Jon Stallworthy and Dr Jane Potter discuss their new Penguin Classics selection- Three Great War Poets: Ivor Gurney, Isaac Rosenberg & Wilfred Owen, focusing on the lives and work of Gurney and Owen.
  • 16 November- The South West’s National Garden Trusts. Miss Margaret Clark, a National Trust volunteer speaker since 1988, will be provide an in depth explanation of what the South West has to offer.

The lectures take place on the main University campus at Claverton Down in 8 West, Room 1.1 and start at 5.15pm. Free parking is available in the West Car Park after 5pm.

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