NINDS’s Curing the Epilepsies 2013 conference presentations now online
A few weeks ago I had the great fortune to attend the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke’s Curing the Epilepsies conference at the National Institutes of Health’s campus in Bethesda. The purpose of the meeting was to bring epilepsy researchers, industry representatives, and advocates together to evaluate progress in epilepsy research over the past five years and to identify research priorities in the immediate future. This is the third such conference (the earlier two occurring in 2000 and 2007) and it was my first experience seeing any branch of the National Institutes of Health in action. It was inspiring to see how NINDS was able to bring together such a diverse group of scientists, clinicians, engineers, administrators, and advocates together in a truly cooperative, collaborative environment. I’ve been in science long enough now to know how long it takes for progress to be made (let alone for discoveries in the lab to make it to patients), but I left Curing the Epilepsies with a renewed sense of optimism that we will indeed come up with new ways to significantly improve the lives of people suffering from epilepsy in the not too distant future.
Fortunately, you don’t have to take my word on this; you can watch most of the conference proceedings yourself online courtesy of NINDS. There were three days of presentations:
and the schedule of speakers is available here. Unfortunately there is only a single video for each day. So you have to look at the schedule and advance the video via trial and error to find a particular speaker. All the speakers were worth watching, but other ECoG researchers out there might be particularly interested in Eddie Chang’s talk on the state and future of the surgical treatment of epilepsy, Brian Litt’s presentation on emerging therapeutic epilepsy technologies, and Ruben Kuzniecky’s talk on improving localization of the seizure focus.