Researchers at the Montreal Neurological Institute and Hospital - The Neuro at McGill University, have compiled a new detailed map of the hippocampal region of the brain. This new submillimetric data set has been designed to help the scientific community to develop better treatments for patients suffering from epilepsy and other psychiatric and neurological disorders. Research has been set out to build and share a detailed model of the substructures, the hippocampus, the keycentre of the brain involved in epilepsy. The goal of this project is to improve the tools available for clinicians and researchers of the neurological field around the globe and accelerate research.

Epilepsy, a neurological disorder, is characterized by a brief and sudden change in brain. Epilepsy Canada states that the Canadians who suffer from Epilepsy is approximately one percent and the percentage of epilepsy patients who do not respond to anti-epileptic drugs is 30%. The only effective treatment for these individuals is the surgical removal of the brain tissue causing seizures. With the help of this new hippocampus micro-map, researchers can compare the anatomical data of the patients with the atlas and will be able to easily assess the pathology of their patients and locate areas in need of surgical intervention.

This tool holds promising therapeutic implications not only for epilepsy but also for many other psychiatric and neurological disorders such as depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. With the help of this tool, researchers can be more precise in their diagnosis and pinpoint the affected target region and thus develop better treatments to improve the quality of life for their patients.