As health care professionals with any degree of familiarity can attest, the myths, stigma and misconceptions that surround epilepsy hinder our acknowledgement of it. By extension, that limits the sense of urgency and our overall progress against it. Our panel of experts digs into the finer details, explaining how, as well as how their industry is striving to change that conversation.

Martha Morrell, M.D.

Clinical Professor, Neurology & Neurological Sciences, Stanford University

“A common misconception is that there is one type of epilepsy and one type of seizure.”

Michael D. Privitera, M.D.

President, American Epilepsy Society

“The more we understand how nerve cells in the brain communicate, the better we are at controlling the abnormal brain activity.”

Orrin Devinsky, M.D.

Director, NYU Langone’s Comprehensive Epilepsy Center

“Seizures and epilepsy kill more than 6,000 Americans each year.”

Kevan VanLandingham, M.D., Ph.D.

Senior Research Physician, GW Pharmaceuticals

“Continued education is essential, for patients, families, the general public and health care providers.”