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

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.

The Epilepsy Phenome/Genome Project

Dr. Steven Schachter interviews Dr. Daniel Lowenstein, Professor and Vice-Chairman of the UCSF Department of Neurology 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.

Epilepsy and Its Treatment: Talking about Depression and Suicidality

Increasing concerns about depression, suicidality, and other mood problems have been seen in people with epilepsy for many years. While recent information from the U.S. FDA suggests antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) as a possble cause, the links between the brain, epilepsy, AEDs and other treatments are complex and not well understood. Patricia Shafer, Resource Specialist on epilepsy.com will interview Dr. Andres Kanner, a well-known epileptologist and neuropsychiatrist about this topic.

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