Levi Tamming, a student at the University of Ottawa, is the recipient of the Epilepsy Canada 2017 Summer Studentship research grant. Levi’s specialization is biochemistry and he will work on a project geared to better understanding the relationship between the receptor binding protein IRBIT and theTBC1D24 gene, its effect on controlling brain activity and the role it plays in epilepsy. He will do the work at CHU Ste-Justine , in Montreal, under the supervision of Philippe Campeau M.D.
It is hoped that by developing a better characterization of the IRBIT – TBS1D24 interaction will lead to a greater understanding of the causes behind TBC1D24-related epileptic disorders, such as DOORS syndrome, and to possible new therapeutic treatments. Levi will return to his studies at the University of Ottawa in the Fall.