The International Day of Epilepsy will also light up the building of our Faculty in Dejvice

On February 8, some places and monuments in various parts of the Czech Republic will light up in purple. It is a symbol of epilepsy and the International Day of Epilepsy, which is being celebrated for the seventh time this year. In addition to the Petřín Lookout Tower, the Dancing House and the Mahen Theater in Brno, the purple color will also be visible in the building of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Dejvice.

FEL does not support activities around the day of epilepsy only symbolically, but its researchers are directly involved in the diagnosis and treatment of this most common chronic brain disease. In multidisciplinary cooperation with doctors, biologists, mathematicians and technicians, experts from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering develop new procedures that help identify the cause of seizures, develop and assist in medical procedures. Part of the research with an overlap into other neuroscience disciplines is the understanding of the functioning of the brain at the cellular level up to extensive brain networks. Our scientists and their students use knowledge from the fields of signal and image processing, statistics, artificial intelligence and electronics.

On the EpiREC project at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering are participating few colleagues, namely prof. Ing. Roman Čmejla, CSc., Ing. Radek Janča, Ph.D., Ing. Petr Ježdík, Ph.D., Ing. Jan Kudláček, Ph.D., Ing. Jan Chvojka, Ing. David Kala and Ing. Lenka Svobodová. Almost 400,000 Czechs have experienced an epileptic seizure in their lifetime, 80,000 people in the Czech Republic live with active epilepsy. Due to fears of seizures, patients often limit themselves in their leisure activities, including sports. It is sports that improve the course of epilepsy. International Epilepsy Day should also draw attention to this as a reminder that life with epilepsy can be lived to the fullest.