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Community Corner: July 29, 2015

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Cannabis or medical marijuana remains a hot topic among people with epilepsy and their families. Much of the current research focuses on cannabinoids or CBD, one of the substances thought to have the most helpful properties for seizures.

FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures) at New York University (NYU) Langone Medical Center recorded the presentations given at the recent conference, “Cannabinoids for the Treatment of Epilepsy.” The conference was held at NYU on June 26. Thank you to Drs. Orrin Devinsky and Daniel Friedman for leading this event!


Conference Videos:

  • “History of Cannabinoids for Epilepsy,” Orrin Devinsky, MD
  • “Basic Mechanisms of Cannabinoids in Healthy Brain,” Nephi Stella, PhD
  • “Cannabinoids and Epilepsy: Experimental Evidence,” Benjamin J. Whalley, B. Pharm, PhD
  • “Cannabinoids and Medical Marijuana: Pharmacologic Considerations in Humans,” Daniel Friedman, MD, MSc
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • “Challenges in Pediatric CBD Trails: Seizure Identification, Placebo Response,” Dennis J. Dlugos, MD
  • “Cannabis for Epilepsy: the Colorado Experience (in adults),” Edward Maa, MD
  • “Colorado Experience in Children,” Kevin Chapman, MD
  • “The New Jersey Experience,” Eric B. Geller, MD
  • “State of Medical Marijuana Access in New York State,” Guthrie Birkhead, MD, MPH
  • “Patient Access and Advocacy,” Warren Lammert, BA, MSc
  • Roundtable Discussion
Authored by: Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN on 7/2015

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