Epilepsy

an interactive, tutorial program for undergraduate students

David Dewhurst, Godfrey Collins, Prakash Joshi and Lynne Robertson


This highly interactive program is divided into several sections each accessed from a menu:

Introduction: incidence of epilepsy, definitions, terminology, symptoms, diagnosis,

Causes of Seizures: covers the variety of causes e.g. infection, birth & perinatal damage, metabolic disturbances, genetic causes, head trauma, tumour, drugs, vascular insults, congenital malformations, febrile convulsions in children, neurodegenerative disease,

Classification of Seizures: main features and symptoms of partial (simple and complex) and generalised seizures (tonic-clonic, absence, atonic and myoclonic),

Seizure Mechanisms: describes the underlying mechanisms and factors contributing to initiation, synchronization and propagation of the abnormal neural discharge,

Screening for potential anti-seizure drugs: describes the major tests: MES, PTZ and kindling and indicates their usefulness in predicting efficacy of tested drugs against different seizure types,

Anti-seizure drugs: focuses on the structure, clinical usefulness, mechanism of action and important clinical pharmacology of phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproate and ethosuximide,

Status Epilepticus: describes the main clinical features and treatment of this condition.

High quality colour graphics are used extensively throughout the program and features such as animation, a Hypertext facility and interactive student-tasks are used to enhance student learning.


Language Versions: English

Recommended System Requirements:

  • Windows:
    • Microsoft Windows XP (32 bit), Windows Server 2003 (32-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32 bit), Windows Vista (32 bit), Windows 7 (32 bit and 64 bit), Windows 8
    • 2.33GHz or faster x86-compatible processor, or Intel Atom 1.6GHz or faster processor for netbooks
    • 128MB of RAM (1GB of RAM recommended for netbooks); 128MB of graphics memory
    • Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, Safari 5.0 or later, or Opera 11
  • Mac OS:
    • Mac OS X v10.6, v10.7, or v10.8
    • Intel Core Duo 1.83GHz or faster processor
    • 256MB of RAM; 128MB of graphics memory
    • Safari 5.0 or later, Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or later, Google Chrome, or Opera 11

Target Audience: Undergraduate pharmacology, science, medical and health-related courses.

Price: £250 (multiuser, educational license)

ISBN 1-874758-32-8
©2012 Sheffield Bioscience Programs

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