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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

Vigabatrin and infantile spasms

Recently, the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for seizures and epilepsy, Vigabatrin. Vigabatrin will soon be available for us in the US with one of it indications being infantile spasms. The question is what are infantile spasms and what can you do for seizures in the very young? In this episode of Hallway Conversations, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsy.com/Professionals, interviews Dr. Elaine Wirrell, an internationally renowned epilepsy specialist from Mayo Clinic Rochester. This show will be taped live but no questions will be answered live on the air.

New Treatments for Seizures: Focus on Lacosamide

Recently, the US Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new medication for seizures and epilepsy, Lacosamide. Lacosamide will soon be available for us in the US. In this episode of Hallway Conversations, Dr. Joseph Sirven, Professor of Neurology at Mayo Clinic Arizona and Editor-in-Chief of Epilepsy.com/Professionals, interviews Dr. Elinor Ben-Menachem an international renowned epilepsy specialist from University of Gothenberg, Gothenberg, Sweden. This show will be taped live but no questions will be answered live on the air.

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).

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