I'm here at the 65th annual American Epilepsy Society meeting in Baltimore (Charm City). It's a gorgeous day--crystal clear weather and only slightly chilly.
The annual AES meeting is a high point of the year where 4,000 scientists, physicians and other health care professionals in the field of epilepsy convene to learn about the latest advances in the treatment of epilepsy.
I already attended an excellent presentation called Neurostimulation--Emerging Devices for Epilepsy. The news is promising as the field of neurostimulation is experiencing unprecedented growth. Two treatments are awaiting FDA approval and there are promising developments in the field of seizure alarm systems, which could one day recognize and predict seizures.
Two of the devices, the EpiAlert and the SmartWatch, are funded in part by the Epilepsy Foundation.
I'll be attending an FDA Town Hall meeting tonight. FDA will be dicussing issues related to generic antiepileptic drug equivalence. They will open the floor to questions and suggestions about AED equivalence, so it should be an interesting forum. I'll have updates tomorrow.
I'm very excited to attend the 9th Annual Judith Hoyer Lecture in Epilepsy tomorrow morning (12/3). Composer Cynthia Folio created a contemporary musical piece, When the Spirit Catches You, that portrays her daughter Lydia's seizures. Steven C. Schachter, M.D., a Harvard epileptologist, who has long had an interest in art and epilepsy, is this year's featured Hoyer Lecture speaker.
The Hoyer Lecture, Psychosocial Aspects of Epilepsy: State of the Art, begins at 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, December 3 in the Baltimore Convention Center. The illustrated lecture and musical performance will follow at 9:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public.
On to the next presentation--more soon!