Hallway Conversations is a series of audio podcasts with thought leaders and newsmakers in the field of epilepsy on a range of seizure related topics. The series covers a range of topics and are intended to address a wide range of audiences.

We hope that you find the series informative and helpful and that you join us in listening on a regular basis.

 Dr. Joseph Sirven, Editor-in-Chief

Focus on New Antiseizure Medications: Vigabatrin

In this week's episode of Epilepsy. com's Hallway Conversations, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and editor-in-chief of epilepsy.com professional, interviews Joyce Cramer, President of the Epilepsy Therapy project on the recent approval by the US FDA of Vigabatrin for use in chronic seizures and epilepsy. Ms. Cramer will speak about her testimony to the FDA and why it is important to have this drug available. This is a live taping with no questions to be answered live.

Complementary Therapies for Epilepsy

Persons with chronic health problems often use alternative or complementary therapies, but the effectiveness, safety and risks of these approaches are often not fully known, especially for persons with epilepsy. Please join Dr. Steven Schachter to discuss Complementary Therapies for Epilepsy. Dr. Schachter is a Professor of Neurology and Director of Research, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and President of the American Epilepsy Society.

Epilepsy Surgery - What's It All About?

Could epilepsy surgery help you or someone you know? How do you know if you are a candidate? How do you decide if you want to give it a try? What happens after the surgery? Epilepsy.com Resource Specialist Patty Shafer will interview Dr. Orrin Devinsky on this topic. Dr. Devinsky is the co-founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He directs the NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center and the Saint Barnabas Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery (INN).

The Study That Can Unlock the Mysteries of Epilepsy

This is a Must Segment for everyone interested in the Genetics of Epilepsy. Co-hosts Dr. Daniel Lowenstein and Dr. Orrin Devinsky talk about the largest research study ever created to understand how genetics influences epilepsy. The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project is a collaborative effort among some of the country's leading epileptologists and the National Institutes of Health to investigate the causes of epilepsy and the differences in how people respond to anti-seizure medication. Dr. Lowenstein is the Professor and Vice Chairman of the UCSF Department of Neurology, and Dr. Orrin Devinsky is the Co-Founder of the Epilepsy Therapy Project and Professor of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry and Director, NYU Comprehensive Epilepsy Center.

Epilepsy and Dietary Therapies

The Ketogenic Diet, a special high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet, is prescribed and monitored by a physician and nutritionist and can help control seizures in some people. Dr. Eric Kossoff, the Medical Director of the Ketogenic Diet program at Johns Hopkins is interviewed by Patty Shafer, Resource Specialist on epilepsy.com regarding diet and epilepsy.